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Three Essays on Terrorism, its Relationship with Natural Disasters, and its Effect on Female Labor Force Participation

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Doctoral thesis

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Natures disasters and their aftermath have engendered fear and fascination in human minds for thousands of years. They have shaped the earth, the climate, and the makeup of human civilization for perhaps even longer. From the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis on Myanmar in 2008, these events and others have continually reminded us of natures capricious temperament. As societies have expanded, they have adapted in an attempt to mitigate the effects of these devastating events, but all too often the propensity of disasters to overwhelm human adaptations has proved both humbling and daunting. The aftermath of a disaster is a particularly trying time for any government. A society vests much of its security within its governments ability to protect it thus, the effectiveness and efficiency of disaster preparedness and recovery measures are crucial to maintaining a governments legitimacy. As a result, natural disasters as possible catalysts of terrorism have serious implications for both national security and disaster policy, both locally and regionally. The aim of this dissertation is to explore the relationship between natural disasters and terrorism. Natural disasters introduce random exogenous shocks that can affect terrorism. This randomness can be used as an instrument to assess the causal effects of terrorism on other factors. We utilize this randomness to investigate the causal links among terrorism, female labor force participation, and larger gender disparities in the labor market.

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  • Meteorology
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Seismology
  • Unconventional Warfare

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