What Makes a Terrorist
Economics and the Roots of Terrorism Revised edition
By (author) Alan B. Krueger
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What Makes a Terrorist by Alan B. Krueger
Book DescriptionMany popular ideas about terrorists and why they seek to harm us are fueled by falsehoods and misinformation. Leading politicians and scholars have argued that poverty and lack of education breed terrorism, despite the wealth of evidence showing that most terrorists come from middle-class, and often college-educated, backgrounds. In What Makes a Terrorist, Alan Krueger argues that if we are to correctly assess the root causes of terrorism and successfully address the threat, we must think more like economists do. Krueger is an influential economist who has applied rigorous statistical analysis to a range of tough issues, from the minimum wage and education to the occurrence of hate crimes. In this book, he explains why our tactics in the fight against terrorism must be based on more than anecdote and speculation. Krueger closely examines the factors that motivate individuals to participate in terrorism, drawing inferences from terrorists' own backgrounds and the economic, social, and political conditions in the societies from which they come. He describes which countries are the most likely breeding grounds for terrorists, and which ones are most likely to be their targets. Krueger addresses the economic and psychological consequences of terrorism. He puts the terrorist threat squarely into perspective, revealing how our nation's sizeable economy is diverse and resilient enough to withstand the comparatively limited effects of most terrorist strikes. And he calls on the media to be more responsible in reporting on terrorism. What Makes a Terrorist brings needed clarity to one of the greatest challenges of our time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691138756
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alan B. Krueger
Wages, School Quality, and Employment Demand, Paperback (June 2016)
David Card and Alan B. Krueger received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2006 for their outstanding contributions to the field. This volume provides an overview of their most important work on school quality, differences in wages across groups in the US, and the effect of changes in the minimum wage on employment and wage setting.
Measuring the Subjective Well-being of Nations, Hardback (December 2009)
Discusses a different method for measuring, comparing, and analyzing the relationship between happiness and the way people spend their time. This book introduces the system of National Time Accounting, which relies on individuals' own evaluations of their emotional experiences during various uses of time.
Inequality in America, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Alan B. Krueger
Two leading economists debate the effectiveness of human capital policies in addressing widening U.S inequality.
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Author Biography - Alan B. Krueger
Alan B. Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Princeton University and an adviser to the National Counterterrorism Center. He is the coauthor of "Inequality in America" and "Myth and Measurement" (Princeton).
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