Gone with the wind: The consequences of US drone strikes in pakistan*

Rafat Mahmood, Michael Jetter

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Employing day-to-day wind conditions as an identification strategy, we explore the consequences of the 420 US drone strikes in Pakistan between 2006 and 2016. Results suggest that drone strikes encourage terrorism over the upcoming days and weeks, causing up to 19% of all terror attacks with more than 3,000 terror deaths in Pakistan during that period. Studying a leading Pakistani newspaper, we identify a polarised response to drone strikes as negative emotions and anger, but also positive emotions, in drone-related articles increase. Finally, anti-US protests and online searches exhibiting radical Islamist concepts increase as a consequence of drone strikes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalEconomic Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2022


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