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.
Jean-Paul Azam et Mario Ferrero, « Killing for the Sake of Infamy: The Herostratos Syndrome and What to Do about it », TSE Working Paper, n° 16-700, septembre 2016.
Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, vol. 22, n° 4, novembre 2016, p. 357–364