Monday, May 20, 2002

White Collar Criminals

Since September 11, many people have suggested that endemic poverty in parts of the middle east and central Asia are to blame for inspiring terrorism and anti-Americanism particularly. The obvious answer is to increase flows of foreign aid to alleviate the poverty and hence the envy and resentment of America. Alan Krueger of Princeton disagrees, however, having written in a new study that terrorists are overwhelmingly likely to be middle-class and educated. The study is cited by Sebastian Mallaby in today's Washington Post, though Mallaby argues in favor of increased foreign aid for other reasons.


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