What makes a terrorist?
Alan Kruegerのop-ed. A very good piece.
Many people implicitly view terrorism in the same way that economists model crime. People with a low opportunity cost and few legitimate opportunities are predicted to become involved in property crime. This model works well in practice. I argue in my book, however, that a better analogy for terrorism than crime is voting. People who care about issues tend to vote, even though they tend to have a higher opportunity cost of their time than nonvoters. Terrorists and the organisations that dispatch them seek to make a political statement.