Alan B. Krueger (1960-2019) was the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, former chairman of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, and chief economist of the US Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton. His books include Myth and Measurement (Princeton).
[What Makes a Terrorist] enlists the 'dismal science' to tackle the despicable one. Provocative, dispassionate and accessible, Krueger's book is a breath of fresh air in the stifling climate of empty speculation that dominates the terror dialogue in post-9/11 America. -Ryan Hagen, Brooklyn Rail This book is a model of how academics can contribute to major public policy debates. -Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs The book provides a valuable service in dispelling the stereotype of the poor, ignorant terrorist. -Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Science Full of first-rate empirical work. -Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution The most careful data-driven research ever done in this area. -Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics Pathbreaking. -David Leonhardt, New York Times