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Hardly a Quick Fix: Casino Gambling in Canada


  • Lennart E. Henriksson


Casino gambling is proliferating in Canada despite evidence that its ability to generate net increases in tax revenues and employment is uncertain. This paper reviews the principal costs and benefits that are relevant in evaluations of casino proposals, along with pertinent literature. Principal recommendations include more scholarly cost-benefit studies. A regulatory strategy and public consultation are also essential, although the difficulties associated with both should always be recognized. All in all, the casino's usefulness as a policy instrument appears to be marginal.

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  • Lennart E. Henriksson, 1996. "Hardly a Quick Fix: Casino Gambling in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 22(2), pages 116-128, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:22:y:1996:i:2:p:116-128

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