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Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs

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  • Earl L. Grinols

    (University of Illinois)

  • David B. Mustard

    (University of Georgia)

Abstract

We examine the relationship between casinos and crime using county-level data for the US between 1977 and 1996. Casinos were non-existent outside Nevada before 1978, and expanded to many other states during our sample period. Most factors that reduce crime occur before or shortly after a casino opens, while those that increase crime, including problem and pathological gambling, occur over time. The results suggest that the effect on crime is low shortly after a casino opens, and grows over time. Roughly 8 percent of crime in casino counties in 1996 was attributable to casinos, costing the average adult $75 per adult per year.

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  • Earl L. Grinols & David B. Mustard, 2005. "Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs," Law and Economics 0501001, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwple:0501001
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    Keywords

    Crime; Casinos; Social Costs; Problem and Pathological Gambling;

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    • K - Law and Economics

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