Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 585–606 | Cite as

A Trade Based View on Casino Taxation: Market Conditions

  • Guoqiang Li
  • Xinhua Gu
  • Jie Wu
Original Paper


This article presents a trade based theory of casino taxation along with empirical evidence found from Macao as a typical tourism resort. We prove that there is a unique optimum gaming tax in a particular market for casino gambling, argue that any change in this tax is engendered by external demand shifts, and suggest that the economic rent from gambling legalization should be shared through such optimal tax between the public and private sectors. Our work also studies the tradeoff between economic benefits and social costs arising from casino tourism, and provides some policy recommendations for the sustainable development of gaming-led economies. The theoretical arguments in this article turn out to be consistent with empirical observations on Macao realities over the recent decade.


Optimum gaming tax Trade equilibrium framework Market conditions Social costs 



We acknowledge the financial support by the University of Macau’s Research Grants Committee (under MYRG081<Y2-L2>-FBA11-GXH), the useful comments by an anonymous referee, and the excellent research assistance by Ms Sara Xiao Chang.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Finance and Business Economics, Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversity of MacauTaipa, Macao SARChina
  2. 2.Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversity of MacauTaipa, Macao SARChina

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