Arnold Kling

Poverty and Terrorism

Arnold Kling, Great Questions of Economics
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How strong is the connection between poverty and terrorism? Economists Alan Krueger and Jitka Maleckova analyzed a variety of data, including statistics on members of Hezbollah and public opinion polls in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. They concluded that

economic conditions and education are largely unrelated to participation in, and support for, terrorism.

Eliminating poverty is a laudable goal. Eradicating terrorism is a laudable goal. However, they are not the same goal.

Discussion Question. Why do many people assume that poverty and terrorism are connected?

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