Working Paper NOVAFRICA “Preventing Violent Islamic Radicalization: Experimental Evidence on Anti-social Behavior”

Um novo working paper foi adicionado à serie Working Papers NOVAFRICA. Escrito por Pedro C. Vicente e Inês Vilela, este paper avalia o impacto de duas intervenções randomizadas com o objetivo de prevenirem a violência relacionada com a radicalização dos jovens em Moçambique.

Pedro C. Vicente (Nova SBE, BREAD e NOVAFRICA)
Inês Vilela (Royal Holloway – University of London, e NOVAFRICA)

Violence perpetrated by radicalized Muslims is a major problem around the world. We collaborated with the main Islamic authority in Mozambique, which sponsored two randomized interventions to prevent violence related to youth radicalization: a religious campaign against extremist views of Islam, targeting change in beliefs; and a training module on entrepreneurship and employment, aiming to increase the opportunity cost of conflict. Our measurement focuses on anti-social behavior in a Joy-of-destruction lab game. We find that only the religious treatment decreased the propensity to destroy payoffs of others. Consistently, surveys show increased trust in state and decreased support for extremism.

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