Azam, Jean-Paul and Ferrero, Mario (2016) Killing for the Sake of Infamy: The Herostratos Syndrome and What to Do about it. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, vol. 22 (n° 4). pp. 357-364.

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The Herostratos syndrome affects some people who perpetrate odious attacks for the sake of infamy. We suggest that this sheds some useful light to explain the wave of mass killing going on in Europe and North America, including school shootings and Jihadist terrorism, within a game-theoretic framework. The analysis points out that policies aimed at countering this type of violence should focus on trivializing these attacks and reducing the publicity that they get in the media.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 16 November 2016
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 09:05
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 09:21
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