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Professor Alan B Krueger, Princeton University, will give the 2006 Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February. Over three lectures, Professor Krueger will consider international terrorism and its causes and consequences.

With the end of the Cold War, combating terrorism is emerging as a major priority of western governments. Waging an intelligent war on terrorism requires an understanding of the motivation of terrorists, data to evaluate terrorist activity and assess threats, and a framework for measuring success. These lectures will summarise research on the economics of terrorism and randomly targeted acts of violence more generally.

  • On Tuesday 21 February, Professor Krueger will look at Defining and Measuring Terrorism: micro-econometric evidence.

    This lecture will define terrorism and present micro-econometric evidence on participation in terrorist and related activities. A special focus will be on the backgrounds of terrorists compared with the relevant population at large. The lecture will also analyse public opinion as it relates to terrorist activities.

  • On Wednesday 22 February, he will explore Macro-Econometric Evidence.

    Terrorists are not drawn disproportionately from the ranks of the economically disadvantaged. Still, economic conditions may affect support for terrorist causes because of national or regional economic conditions. Cross-country evidence on the origins and targets of terrorism will be presented, focusing on the effects of income, political freedoms, education, proximity, religion, and other factors.

  • In his final lecture, on Thursday 23 February, Professor Krueger will focus on the Consequences of Terrorism.

    This lecture will present a broad analysis of the consequences of terrorism. It will put the threat of harm from terrorist activities in comparative perspective, and review evidence on the economic consequences of terrorism for the economy as a whole and for specific industries.

Alan B Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also the founding director of the Princeton University Survey Research Centre and a regular contributor to the New York Times' Economic Scene column.

International Terrorism: causes and consequences is on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 February. All three lectures are at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. These events are free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press seat for these lectures, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

Christian Science Monitor
'What Makes a Terrorist' and why the popular theories may be wrong (28 Aug 07)
Review of the book What Makes a Terrorist: economics and the roots of terrorism, written by the economist Alan Krueger. Krueger's book is based on a set of three lectures he gave at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006.

The Liberty Papers
The Root Causes Of Terrorism (6 July 07)
'As a group, terrorists are better educated and from wealthier families than the typical person in the same age group in the societies from which they originate,' Alan Krueger said at the London School of Economics last year in a lecture soon to be published as a book, What Makes a Terrorist?

Wall Street Journal
Princeton economist says lack of civil liberties, not poverty, breeds terrorism (4 July 07)
Feature on Alan Krueger, which refers to a speech he gave at LSE last year.

Sunday Herald
US policy, not poverty, 'is cause of terrorism' (Feb 06)
Leading US academic, Alan Krueger, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, will challenge the establishment this week when he makes the controversial claim that poverty is not the root cause of inter national terrorism. Krueger's arguments will be made in a three-part lecture series at LSE, beginning on Tuesday.

6 February 2006