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Terror in Europe

Terrorism And The Economic Cost Of Fear

Research suggests that sustained terror attacks over time deal a crippling blow to economies, but a single act of appalling violence, like the Nov. 13 attacks in France, may have fewer lasting effects than one might think.

Empty seats on a Parisian cafe terrace
Empty seats on a Parisian cafe terrace
Jean-Marc Vittori

PARIS — Empty stores, canceled concerts, deserted hotels. Though the signs of the potential economic fallout triggered by the Nov. 13 carnage are already visible, it is not so clear what the real impact will be.

Economists concede that they are not sure how to forecast the economic consequences of such an event on a local or national economy. After Sept. 11, 2001, the number of domestic airline passengers dropped 10% in the United States and even more on international flights. The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which killed nearly 200 people, weighed on tourism in India. In some of the latest research published before his death in 2014, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker calculated that the bombing of an Israeli bus caused a 30% drop in passengers over the following days. Certain sectors can be seriously impacted by a terrorist act, for days or even years.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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