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Participation and Expenditure of Rural-Urban Migrants in the Illegal Lottery in China

  • Zhiming Cheng
  • Russell Smyth
  • Gong Sun

Using a unique dataset from the Pearl River Delta in China we examine the factors associated with rural-urban migrants’ participation in, and expenditure on, illegal gambling. We find that similar demographic and lifestyle characteristics are associated with participation in, and expenditure on, the illegal lottery. The characteristics which have the largest marginal effects on participation and expenditure are gender, whether one also participates in the legal lottery and playing mah-jong and other card games. The amount of a normal sized bet placed by males is 30 per cent higher than that placed by females, based on the mean value of a normal bet. The corresponding figures for those who participate in the official lottery and those who play mah-jong or card games respectively are 48 per cent and 39 per cent higher. Policy implications and recommendations stemming from the major findings are discussed.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 24-13.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2013-24
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