The impact of terrorism and anti-terrorism on capital markets

Rafi Eldor, Shmuel Hauser, Rafi Melnick, Abrahm Levi

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of continuous terror attacks and anti-terrorism policy on stock and bond markets and on the risk premium required by investors. The empirical findings are based on a unique sample of 280 terror events experienced in Israel and 58 targeted killings carried out as anti-terrorism policy during the Intifada years, 2000-2003. Based on daily and intra-daily data of share prices and an index of terror intensity, our main findings are: i) share prices declined by about 0.48% on average following each terror attack but the decline in share prices was due to continued deterioration in expected future cash flows and not due to increased risk premium;; ii) anti-terrorism policy had an insignificant effect on share prices; iii) short-term government bonds substituted for investment in stocks in response to terror attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Terrorism Issues
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages77-89
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781617285493
ISBN (Print)9781604568547
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

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