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Preventing violent Islamic radicalization: Behavioral evidence from northern Mozambique

Pedro C. Vicente / Inês Vilela (2020)

Key facts

Type of publication
Working paper
Elements of social cohesion
Cooperation
Trust
Geographical focus
Mozambique
Main thematic areas
Conflict & peacebuilding
Youth

Summary

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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