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The Proportion of Ontario Gambling Revenue Derived from Problem Gamblers

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  • Robert J. Williams
  • Robert T. Wood
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    The proportion of gambling revenue derived from problem gamblers is an important issue when considering the appropriateness of government-sponsored gambling. Figures obtained from prior research are tentative due to methodological problems and the mismatch between reported expenditures and actual gambling revenue. Using improved methods for assessing the prevalence of problem gambling and the accuracy of self-reported gambling expenditures, the present study estimates that the 4.8 percent of problem gamblers in Ontario in 2003 accounted for approximately 36 percent of Ontario gambling revenue. This proportion varied as a function of game type, with a lower proportion for lotteries, instant win tickets, bingo, and raffles, and a higher proportion for horse racing and slot machines.

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    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 367-388

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    Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:33:y:2007:i:3:p:367-388

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    Cited by:
    1. Kent Grote & Victor Matheson, 2011. "The Economics of Lotteries: A Survey of the Literature," Working Papers, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics 1109, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
    2. Massin, Sophie, 2012. "Is harm reduction profitable? An analytical framework for corporate social responsibility based on an epidemic model of addictive consumption," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 74(12), pages 1856-1863.

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