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Should gambling markets be privatized? An examination of state lotteries in the United States

In: The Economics of Sports Betting


  • Kent R. Grote
  • Victor A. Matheson


In North America and Europe, many sports betting operations are state-owned and could be argued to suffer from inefficiency and failure to innovate. Privatization of state betting operations could raise efficiency and lead to more product innovation. In this chapter the authors use the case of the Illinois State Lottery to analyse whether privatization could lead to increased lottery revenues and hence greater transfers to public projects. The privatization case they consider did not yield extra revenues and the authors examine why this might be so.

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  • Kent R. Grote & Victor A. Matheson, 2017. "Should gambling markets be privatized? An examination of state lotteries in the United States," Chapters, in: Plácido Rodríguez & Brad R. Humphreys & Robert Simmons (ed.), The Economics of Sports Betting, chapter 2, pages 21-37, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eechap:16946_2

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    1. Terry Ashley & Yi Liu & Semoon Chang, 1999. "Estimating net lottery revenues for states," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 27(2), pages 170-178, June.
    2. Victor Matheson & Kent Grote, 2008. "U.S. Lotto Markets," Working Papers 0802, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
    3. Hausch, Donald B. & Ziemba, W.T. (ed.), 2008. "Handbook of Sports and Lottery Markets," Elsevier Monographs, Elsevier, edition 1, number 9780444507440.
    4. Brad R. Humphreys & Victor Matheson, 2010. "Booms, Busts, and Gambling: Can Gaming Revenues Reduce Budget Volatility?," Working Papers 1003, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
    5. Robert Baumann & Victor A. Matheson, 2013. "Estimating economic impact using ex post econometric analysis: cautionary tales," Chapters, in: Plácido Rodríguez & Stefan Késenne & Jaume García (ed.), The Econometrics of Sport, chapter 10, pages 169-188, Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    Economics and Finance;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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