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Are There Net State Social Benefits or Costs from Legalizing Slot Machine Gambling?

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  • Scott Farrow

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    (UMBC)

  • Judith Shinogle

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    (UMBC)

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The estimated impacts, benefits, and costs of legalizing slot machines in Maryland are analyzed. The analysis provides insight into the components and the total net benefits to the state and its citizens, the role of uncertainty, distributional impacts, and a basic tax alternative. The results forecast net benefits for Maryland both in comparison to doing nothing and in comparison to raising an equivalent amount in taxes. However, if revenue raised from the lower income population has a higher social cost, then doing nothing or raising taxes appears preferred.

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Paper provided by UMBC Department of Economics in its series UMBC Economics Department Working Papers with number 10-128.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:umb:econwp:10128

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Keywords: benefit-cost; gambling; regional; slots;

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