Key Studies

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Key Studies

  1. CASINOS AND FLORIDA: Crime and Prison Costs
  2. Article: Problem Gambling
  3. Discussion Papers: Economic and Social Impact of Introducing Casino Gambling
  4. Casinos, Crime, & Community Costs
  5. The Regional Economic Impacts of Casino Gambling
  6. Impact of Casinos on Retail Sales in Mid-Size Iowa Cities
  7. The Impact of Expanded Gambling in New Hampshire
  8. Gambling, Who’s really at risk

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Casinos and Florida : Crime and Prison Costs

This report estimates the future impacts of casinos and crime in Florida. It finds that following the introduction of casinos in Miami-Dade county, crime increases and the state prison system is impacted with an additional cost of $3 billion dollars over a 10-year period. These charts represent the estimated increase in the number of crimes and the cost to state taxpayers.

Read it online here.


Article: Problem Gambling

Harvard Health Publications released this article highlighting the social ills of compulsive gambling. It explains there are several treatment methods, however the effectiveness varies among each pathologic gambler.

Read it online here.


Discussion Papers: Economic and Social Impact of Introducing Casino Gambling

This discussion paper reviews and assesses the existing literature on the economic impacts of introducing casino gambling into a community or region. Table 3, located on page 23, displays the social costs associated with gambling and arrives at an annual social cost estimate ranging from $560 to $52,000 per gambler.

Read it online here.


STUDY: Casinos, Crime, & Community Costs

In this definitive study, the clear connection between casino gambling and increased crime rates is explored. Findings indicate that between 5.5 and 30 percent of crimes in casino counties can be attributed to casinos.

Read it online here.


STUDY: The Regional Economic Impacts of Casino Gambling

This study, backed by the Casino Industry, was intended to rebut the argument that casino gambling merely cannibalizes existing industry. Nontheless, the results conclude that industry cannibalization is a valid concern in Florida and other developed tourism economies.

Read it online here.


STUDY: Impact of Casinos on Retail Sales in Mid-Size Iowa Cities

This paper evaluates the economic growth rate of cities with casinos and those cities without. The researchers concluded that cities without casinos developed five times faster than cities with casinos.

Read it online here.


STUDY: The Impact of Expanded Gambling in New Hampshire

This study examines the societal consequences of expanded gambling in the state. The report concludes that one casino would eliminate seven existing local jobs for every ten casino jobs created and that social costs would exceed social benefits.

Read it online here.


STUDY: Gambling, Who’s really at risk?

This report evaluates the increase in crime not only in the community in which casinos are located but in neighboring localities. It is concluded that casinos lead to escalated rates of violent and non-violent crime which exceed the typical raise in crime that accompanies the influx of new tourism.

Read it online here.


 

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