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Correctly Critiquing Casino-Crime Causality


  • Earl L. Grinols
  • David B. Mustard


Professor Walker raises five concerns about our previous research on casinos and crime, published in the Review of Economics and Statistics. All of his concerns speak of potential problems and he includes no new results to provide evidence that the potential problems are actual problems or that they are important. We address each of his criticisms by documenting how we treated them in the working and published versions of our paper, and where appropriate, we elaborate on the concerns. Because he presents no new data, no new research, and his criticisms are largely addressed in our previous work, we have no reason to alter the conclusions of our existing research.

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  • Earl L. Grinols & David B. Mustard, 2008. "Correctly Critiquing Casino-Crime Causality," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 5(1), pages 21-31, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:21-31

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    1. Stephen Fink & Alan Marco & Jonathan Rork, 2004. "Lotto nothing? The budgetary impact of state lotteries," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(21), pages 2357-2367.
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    1. Douglas M. Walker, 2008. "The Diluted Economics of Casinos and Crime: A Rejoinder to Grinols and Mustard’s Reply," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 5(2), pages 148-155, May.
    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. Humphreys, Brad R. & Marchand, Joseph, 2013. "New casinos and local labor markets: Evidence from Canada," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 151-160.
    4. William S. Reece, 2010. "Casinos, Hotels, And Crime," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 28(2), pages 145-161, April.

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    Casinos; Crime; Causal Identification; Tourism;

    JEL classification:

    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law


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