Human capital and the productivity of suicide bombers.

Citation:

Efraim Benmelech and Claude Berrebi. 2007. “Human capital and the productivity of suicide bombers.” JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES, 21, 3, Pp. 223-238. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

In this paper, we study the relation between human capital of suicide bombers and the outcomes of their suicide attacks. We will provide evidence that human capital is an important factor in the production of suicide terrorism, and that more able suicide bombers are more destructive when assigned to more important targets. Our paper is related to a growing body of literature on the relation between education, poverty, and terrorism.The relationship between human capital of suicide bombers and the result of their attacks, as well as the influence of a suicide bomber's age and education on attack assignments are discussed, while considering suicide bomber's organization affiliation, age, education and overall productivity.

Last updated on 01/23/2019

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