Reports warn of potential social toll of casino expansion

Casey Seiler, Albany Times Union blog Capital Confidential , 10/7/2013

Jim Odato's Monday column summarizes some of the finds of "Why Casinos Matter:Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences," a new report from the Institute for American Values. As Jim notes, the Manhattan-based think tank, which had its work approved by a host of university scholars and academics, chose not to rely on data from the American Gaming Association, the industry lobbying organization. The AGA regularly funds studies on gambling addiction through its National Center for Responsible Gaming, and disdains the institute's analyses.

Subjects: Casinos, Gambling

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