Social Indicators Research

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 229–262 | Cite as

Community Assessment of the Effects of Casinos on Quality of Life

  • Mark Nichols
  • B. Grant Stitt
  • David Giacopassi


Recent attention has focused upon the socialand economic impact of legalized gambling,particularly casino gambling. Thoughconsiderable attention has been paid to theeffects on individuals in such areas as problemgambling, less attention has been given to theeffect casino gambling has on citizens'day-to-day life. In particular, how does theintroduction of casino gambling affect theirquality of life? This paper explores thisissue utilizing multiple indicators gathered aspart of an in depth study of the effects ofcasino gambling on crime and quality of life ineight new casino jurisdictions.


Economic Impact Multiple Indicator Recent Attention Depth Study Casino Gambling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Nichols
    • 1
  • B. Grant Stitt
    • 2
  • David Giacopassi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Nevada, RenoReno
  2. 2.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nevada, RenoReno
  3. 3.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of MemphisMemphis

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