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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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  • Ricardo C. Gazel & Dan S. Rickman & William N. Thompson, 2001. "Casino gambling and crime: a panel study of Wisconsin counties," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(1-3), pages 65-75.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:22:y:2001:i:1-3:p:65-75
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.998
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    1. Michael J. Hicks, 2014. "Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? The Cross Border Impact of Casino Entrance," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(1), pages 5-20, March.
    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.
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    7. J. Anthony Cookson, 2010. "Institutions and Casinos on American Indian Reservations: An Empirical Analysis of the Location of Indian Casinos," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 53(4), pages 651-687.
    8. 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.
    9. Man-Keung Kim & Arwin Pang & Wei Bao & Ryan Bosworth, 2016. "Endogeneity in Casino Revenue and Crime Rates: The Case of Las Vegas, Nevada," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 46(3), pages 223-236, Winter.
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