|Speaker: Sandeep Baliga|
|Topic: A Simple Model of Terrorism
|Date/Place/Time: Friday, November 21, 2008 1:45PM - 3:15PM
UCLA Anderson School, Entrepreneurs Hall-C303
We study the strategic logic of terrorism. Suppose there is a large country A facing a small country B. Country A does not know the fraction of hawks, moderates and doves in country B. Terrorism serves to signal the population distribution in country B. When the preferences of the leader A display strategic complementarity, terrorism serves to provoke leader A into an act of aggression. Only hawks engage in aggression. When leader A’s preferences display strategic substitutability, terrorism serves to force leader A to reduce aggression. Both hawks and moderates engage in terrorism.
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