The Department of Homeland Security report April 2009
Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment
(U//FOUO) Perceptions on Poverty and Radicalization (U//FOUO) Scholars and experts disagree over poverty’s role in motivating violent radicalization or terrorist activity. High unemployment, however, has the potential to lead to alienation, thus increasing an individual’s susceptibility to extremist ideas. According to a 2007 study from the German Institute for Economic Research, there appears to be a strong association between a parent’s unemployment status and the formation of rightwing extremist beliefs in their children—specifically xenophobia and antidemocratic ideals.
The only disagreement about the role of the economy in shaping perceptions has been Lenard Zeskind's group in the USA. But he and his group are not academics and have no proof for their assertions.