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Casino gambling and crime: a panel study of Wisconsin counties

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  • Ricardo C. Gazel

    (Inter-American Development Bank, USA)

  • Dan S. Rickman

    (College of Business, Oklahoma State University, USA)

  • William N. Thompson

    (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)

Abstract

The potential relationship between gambling and crime has been a key issue among supporters and opponents of the recent spread of casino gambling in the US. This paper empirically investigates the potential link between casino gambling and crime for Wisconsin counties using the theoretical framework of Becker. Our results show that the existence of a casino within the boundaries of a county led to an increase in the county's crime rates. The results also suggest that a strong spillover effect took place across space, with counties adjacent to casino-counties experiencing higher crime rates. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1-3 ()
Pages: 65-75

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Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:22:y:2001:i:1-3:p:65-75

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  1. Hakim, Simon & Buck, Andrew J., 1989. "Do casinos enhance crime?," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 409-416.
  2. Steven D. Levitt, 1995. "Why Do Increased Arrest Rates Appear to Reduce Crime: Deterrence, Incapacitation, or Measurement Error?," NBER Working Papers 5268, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Richard B. Freeman, 1996. "Why Do So Many Young American Men Commit Crimes and What Might We Do about It?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 10(1), pages 25-42, Winter.
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  1. Earl L. Grinols & David B. Mustard, 2006. "Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 88(1), pages 28-45, February.
  2. Falls, Gregory A. & Thompson, Philip B., 2014. "Casinos, casino size, and crime: A panel data analysis of Michigan counties," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 123-132.
  3. Juin-Jen Chang & Ching-Chong Lai & Ping Wang, 2004. "On the Public Economics of Casino Gambling," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 04-A005, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  4. Douglas M. Walker, 2004. "Kindt's paper epitomizes the problems in gambling research," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(4), pages 197-200.

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