Open Access Honors Program Thesis
The gambling industry in the United States has experienced significant growth over the past thirty years. As the industry continues to expand, legislators must consider the pros and cons that accompany the industry expansion. This paper examines if the social and economic benefits from the casino industry outweigh the social and economic costs of gambling with a specific focus on the effects on unemployment. The gaming industry creates tax revenue, employment, and entertainment for the community. But it also has a regressive tax structure and creates problems like pathological gambling. This paper analyzes this tradeoff and uses Ordinary Least Squares regression to determine if the presence of a casino has any statistical significance on the unemployment rate in counties of Iowa. The regression finds statistically insignificant results and can neither confirm nor challenge the claim that unemployment is lower in counties with a casino.
Year of Submission
Department of Economics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2019 Sally Anne St. Clair Kron
Kron, Sally Anne St. Clair, "The effects of casinos on unemployment: A county level analysis" (2019). Honors Program Theses. 404.