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Factors used to explain terrorism range from economic inequality (Bailey, 2002) to religious fundamentalism and prejudice (Anderson & Taylor 2001). Taylor (1998) found that “Neither social background, educational opportunity or attainment seem to be particularly associated with terrorism.” In an econometric analysis of terrorism, Krueger and Maleckova (2003) found no causal relationship between poverty in individuals and their likelihood of becoming terrorists. They examined the supply of terrorism by looking at biographical information of individual terrorists, particularly in Palestine. They found that most terrorists had more education than other members of their home country and were in occupations of high social status. They also examined country-specific attributes that produce terrorists. Significant independent variables were log population, level of civil liberties, and proportion of population in five major religion categories. In significant independent variables tested were GDP per capita quartiles and the literacy rate. They found that a lack of civil liberties has a correlation with terrorist activities and that low income had no direct connection. While this and other research has focused on supply, I will examine what characteristics make a country more likely to be attacked.


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Demand for Terrorism: What factors make a country more vulnerable to attack?