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Assessment of the impact of ethnic economic inequality on terrorism threat

Vol. 18, Iss. 5, MAY 2022

Received: 14 February 2022

Received in revised form: 19 March 2022

Accepted: 10 April 2022

Available online: 16 May 2022

Subject Heading: THREATS AND SECURITY

JEL Classification: C1

Pages: 848–875

https://doi.org/10.24891/ni.18.5.848

Andrei V. NOVIKOV Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE), Moscow, Russian Federation
camouflage@yandex.ru

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9863-0104

Subject. The article addresses the impact of horizontal or group inequality on terrorism.
Objectives. The purpose is to quantify the impact of ethnic economic inequality on terrorism threat.
Methods. The study draws on regression analysis.
Results. The paper established that a higher degree of ethnic inequality spurs a greater number of terrorist acts and a greater number of people killed or injured. It shows that countries with a high degree of political freedom and high quality of public administration, as a rule, are less likely to suffer from terrorism.
Conclusions. The promotion of economic equality of ethnic groups can potentially reduce the risk of domestic terrorism.

Keywords: terrorism threat, inequality, economic development, ethnic group, social integration

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