January 13, 2005

Phineas Baxandall (Assistant Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston) and Bruce Sacerdote (Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College)

For over a decade, advocates and opponents of casinos in the Commonwealth have argued about whether legalized gambling would produce prosperity or ruin. Our analysis — which compares the experience of counties in the United States that house casinos with those that do not — suggests that both sides are wrong. Instead, the introduction of a casino appears to produce a few modestly positive effects, a few modestly negative impacts, and, in several areas, no statistically significant effects at all.

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