The Economic Effects of Gambling


Betting is an activity where people risk money, possessions, or time on the outcome of a game involving chance. This includes betting on games such as horse racing and roulette, and gambling in a casino.

Gambling is a divisive topic. There are those who believe that it should be banned and others who think that it can be regulated in a way that makes it safe for everyone.

The Benefits of Gambling

Gambling can be an effective means to socialize, develop problem-solving skills, and increase creativity. It also can teach individuals how to make smart financial decisions.

The Problems of Gambling

While there are many positive aspects to gambling, it can also be an addictive and dangerous activity. It can lead to pathological or problem gambling, and it can be a drain on families and communities.

The Costs of Gambling

There are numerous studies that examine the economic effects of gambling. They all tend to focus on the impact of gambling on a specific aspect of the economy, such as casino revenues and expenditures or the number of jobs created. They often ignore the distinction between direct and indirect effects, tangible and intangible benefits, and real and transfer effects (Fahrenkopf 1995; Meyer-Arendt 1995).