I hope I die before I get old. The suppy side of the market for suicide attacks

Apolte, Thomas


Abstract
This paper analyzes the link between youth bulges, insurrections and the moderating role of labor-market restrictions. We develop a theoretical model of insurrection markets and integrate the relative youth cohort size. In equilibrium, a binding labor-market constraint interacts with the youth bulge in determining the level of insurrection activities within the society. We test the implications of our model for a sample for 135 non-OECD countries in the post Cold War period and find the effect of the relative youth cohort size on insurrection outbreaks to be moderated by changes in the labor-market conditions as approximated by unemployment rates.

Keywords
Conflict; National Security; Suicide Attacks; Terrorism



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2019

Journal
Defence and Peace Economics

Volume
60