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Economics of Terrorism

Another RAND report looks at al Qaeda’s attacks from 1993 to 2004 and finds that al Qaeda is attempting to cripple the U.S. economy. A similar report from the Milkin Institute, conducted in 2006, looked at incidents dating from 1972 and concluded that “a terrorist attack in a country in a given year reduces its GDP growth by .57 percentage points.”

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