Social impact of gaming in America

Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, 9/18/2013

The spread of casino gambling, embraced by politicians as a surefire way to boost tax revenues, is contributing to poorly understood changes in health, economic, politics in the United States, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for American Values. The 55-page report, "Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-one Evidence-based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences," relies heavily on research from Great Britain, Canada, and Australia, where governments have commissioned rigorous research on the impacts of gambling on society. But in the United States, the biggest source of money for gambling research is the gambling industry itself... That industry-sponsored research has focused primarily on gambling addiction as a mental illness that afflicts a limited number of people, with relatively little attention to industry practices that foster addiction, the study said

Subjects: Gambling, Casinos

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