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Casinos and state lotteries are the most predatory business in America and their windfall is coming at your expense.
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State Lotteries and Consumer Behavior
This report revealed that household lottery spending is financed primarily by a reduction in non-gambling expenditures, not by a reduction in expenditures on other forms of gambling. The introduction of a state lottery is associated with an average decline of $46 per month, or 2.4 percent, in household nongambling expenditures. Low-income households reduce non-gambling household expenditures by 2.5 percent on average, 3.1 percent when the state lottery includes instant games. This report was complied by Melissa Schettini Kearney at the Wellesley College and National Bureau of Economic Research.
Class II gaming hurts low-income tribal members
An article in the Valley Journal explains why the gaming revenues expected with the introduction of Class II are not evenly distributed over all tribal casinos and the benefits expected are often not realized.
Experts warn gambling and family violence linked
An Australian advocacy group, Women’s Health East, have explored the relationship between two social issues, gambling and family violence.
Fair Game: Producing Gambling Research
This extensive and important by the UK’s Rebecca Cassidy details the ways in which gambling research is presently conducted and funded. It also identifies a need for more unbiased reporting. It examines the state of gambling research and how it can be tainted by the influence of money or lawmakers who are supported by the gambling industry.
Researches Bet Casino Data Can Identify Gambling Addicts
Researches now believe that the very data casinos use to track customers betting habits can be used as a tool to reduce the problem of gambling addiction. Similar to the way geneticists have invented tests to predict cancer risk, addiction scientists can use customer tracking information to create computerized models to spot and warn people with high risk profiles. But is it merely window dressing, with casinos having little incentive to intervene with their most lucrative customers.
He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune with Gambling Research
Not surprisingly, a key finding from a team of British anthropologists found academic research into gambling heavily biased, controlled by industry and government. Gambling researchers maintain funding by producing research that is safe, uncritical and reliably delivered. What is lacking is the asking of the uncomfortable questions and hearing even more uncomfortable answers, something the government nor gambling industry are inclined to do.
Tough Luck for Seniors in Casino Land
Seniors often name gambling as their favorite form of entertainment. Casinos spend millions with marketing incentives for the over-fifty-five crowd, from buffets and wheelchairs to having a supply of adult diapers on hand and even an in-house pharmacy. As casino gambling continues to spread, we could face a future of more addicted, broke, lifeless seniors. Is the casino environment for these seniors a mindful connection or mindless escape?
Big Problems with Gambling Research
With state legislatures across the country considering legalized gambling expansion, the need for unbiased research is crucial. While other fields, such as alcohol or tobacco rely on academia for fact based evidence, many gambling researches remain beholden to industry funding, resulting in flawed and influenced findings. The research produced by independent studies, while likely more valid, may be perceived as incomplete or inferior due to lack of funds and access to data.