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Das, DiRienzo publish research on terrorist risk and income

Tina Das, professor of economics, and Cassandra DiRienzo, associate professor of economics and associate dean of the Love School of Business, recently had their research about terrorist risk and income published.

Dr. Tina Das (left) and Dr. Cassandra DiRienzo (right).

Their paper, “Terrorist Risk and Income Revisited,” appears in the journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 4(3): 175-194.

Below is an abstract:

“Using the five sub-indices of the World Markets Research Centre’s Global Terrorism Index (GTI), this study finds that national income has a significant relationship with terrorist risk, even after accounting for the other terrorist risk determinants. This finding extends past research that has used the aggregated GTI data to explore the relationship between income and terrorist risk. Specifically, national income is found to be significantly correlated with a country’s counter-terrorism abilities, or the ‘Prevention’ risk factor. It is argued in this study that wealthier countries have a greater capability to enhance counter-terrorism and security measures compared to low-income countries and thus the level of economic development should affect a country’s terrorist risk. It is suggested that the use of the weighted, aggregate GTI data in past research negates the relationship between national income and terrorist risk, which is apparent at the individual risk factor, or sub-index level.”

Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression aims to address the complex causation and effects of terrorist activity by bringing together timely, consistently scientifically and theoretically sound papers addressing terrorism from a behavioral science perspective. The journal is published on behalf of the Society for Terrorism Research, an international, multi-disciplinary organization of theoretical and empirical researchers in such behavioral sciences as anthropology, biology, economics, political science, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and others.

Nicole Filippo,
8/9/2012 11:33 AM