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Does terrorism threaten human rights? Evidence from panel data

Dreher, A., Gassebner, M. and Siemers, L.‐H. (2010) Does terrorism threaten human rights? Evidence from panel data. The Journal of Law and Economics, 53 (1). pp. 65-93. ISSN 0022-2186

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1086/596021

Abstract/Summary

Using panel data for 111 countries over the period 1982–2002, we employ two indexes that cover a wide range of human rights to empirically analyze whether and to what extent terrorism affects human rights. According to our results,terrorism significantly, but not dramatically, diminishes governments’ respect for basic human rights such as the absence of extrajudicial killings, political imprisonment, and torture. The result is robust to how we measure terrorist attacks, to the method of estimation, and to the choice of countries in our sample. However, we find no effect of terrorism on empowerment rights.

Item Type:Article
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:34882
Publisher:Chicago Journals

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