"An Economic Approach to Terrorists' Behavior: Is Basic Income Effective as Anti-Terrorism Measures?"
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An Economic Approach to Terrorists' Behavior: Is Basic Income Effective as Anti-Terrorism Measures?
The aim of an economic approach to terrorists' behavior is to get some hints of the reason why
terrorists participate in terrorist groups and how to prevent them from doing so. The utility
maximization approach and an economic approach to crime (Becker (1968)) are used as analytical
tools. These methods presuppose that there are uncertain cases. If a basic income was available as
an option in an uncertain situation, would terrorists choose a basic income or the uncertain rewards
of terrorism? A basic income is income which people can certainly receive. However, terrorists
receive rewards for terrorism only when they succeed, and not, when they fail. The theme of this
paper is finding counterterrorism measures to prevent terrorists from engaging in terrorism and
showing whether a basic income can be an effective strategy of benevolence.
Keywords: Basic Income, A strategy of deterrence, Terrorism, An Economic Approach to Crime, A strategy