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Should Provinces Expand Gambling?


  • Lennart E. Henriksson
  • Richard G. Lipsey


State-sponsored gambling is now widespread in both Canada and the United States. The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical analysis of gambling as a revenue-raising instrument for government. We begin by outlining key principles, and then demonstrate how a realistic appraisal of the economic and employment effects of expansion can be achieved. Next, we evaluate gambling as a source of revenue and jobs. A discussion of cost issues and a brief treatment of First Nations' gambling follows. Recommendations complete the paper.

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  • Lennart E. Henriksson & Richard G. Lipsey, 1999. "Should Provinces Expand Gambling?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(2), pages 259-275, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:25:y:1999:i:2:p:259-275

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