B. Krueger to discuss the economics
and roots of Terrorism December 2
Alan B. Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economic Studies and Public Policy,
and director of the Survey Research Center at the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs at Princeton University will present a public
lecture entitled, "Misunderestimating Terrorism: Economics and the Roots
of Terrorism," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2004 in Room 101
at the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus.
Dr. Krueger will discuss his research and findings thus far on the factors
and dynamics that lead individuals to participate in terrorism. He will present
evidence that disputes the notion that these people are from impoverished,
uneducated environments, and point to data indicating that in fact, the opposite
is true. Dr. Krueger will also discuss his ongoing efforts to develop more
definitive measures and tools to enable a fine tuned understanding of fanatical
In his talk, Krueger will underscore the importance of conducting comprehensive
social science research on the components that characterize terrorism, and
point to the critical need for the compilation of credible data, data analysis
and terrorist activity tracking, as essential to the development of effective
counter terrorism strategies and assessment of progress.
Krueger's talk stems in part from his analysis of the State Department's
2003 annual report on global terrorism, which he conducted with colleague David
Laitin, Watkins professor of political science of Stanford University. Released
in April of 2004, the report cited data that spoke to a decline in terrorist
attacks. Krueger and Laitin however, found a number of statistical inaccuracies
that, if presented correctly, would have showed an actual increase in "significant
Dr. Krueger's expertise and primary areas of research interests are
in labor economics, industrial relations, education, and social insurance.
He has held his dual appointment in the Economics Department at Princeton University
From 1994 to 1995 Krueger served as chief economist of the U.S. Department
of Labor. In 1992, he was named a Sloan Fellow in Economics, an NBER Olin Fellow
in 1989-90, and awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Policy Management
in 1997. Krueger was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1996, and
was the recipient of the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric
Society in 2001. Dr. Krueger did his undergraduate work at Cornell University,
and received his master's and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Krueger is the author of Education Matters: A Selection of Essays
on Education, and co-author of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics
of the Minimum Wage. He is co- editor of the Journal of European Economic
Association, a member of the Science editorial board, and a monthly
contributor, writing on the economic landscape, for The New York Times.
This lecture is part of the Princeton University President's Lecture
series. It is free and open to the public.