The common-interest game between terrorists and the media: replication and extension

  • Youssef Akil
  • Hendrik SonnabendEmail author
Replication study


The findings of Rohner and Frey (Public Choice 133(1–2):129–145, 2007) suggest a positive Granger causality between media attention and terrorist attacks. We replicate and extend the empirical part of their study. Besides more periods which allow the circumventing of any possible far-reaching 9/11 effects, we add data from Fox News and use impulse response functions to analyse the persistence and magnitude of the effects. On the whole, we cannot confirm that there is a robust mutual Granger causal relationship between the media coverage and terrorism.


Media attention Terrorism Conflict Granger causality Impulse response 

JEL Classification

C32 D74 Z29 



We thank Michael Murach, Joachim Grosser and two anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions on earlier drafts. In addition, we thank Julian Herwig for his assistance in preparing the data.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of HagenHagenGermany

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