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UNLV Reports Weigh Pros and Cons of Casino-Resort Development in Toronto

Posted: December 17, 2012

International Gaming Institute analyzes social and economic issues associated with proposed casino-resort in Greater Toronto Area.

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LAS VEGAS— December 17, 2012 — UNLV International Gaming Institute researchers released the third and fourth reports in a series examining economic, policy and social impacts of developing an integrated casino-resort in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In the latest reports, UNLV researchers Kahlil S. Philander and Bo Bernhard examine problem gambling and the social costs of gaming.

The third report focuses on the influence of gambling opportunities on problem gambling rates, and casino revenue contributed by problem gamblers.

The fourth report examines the social costs of gaming. UNLV researchers find that there is limited research on the social impacts and significant disagreement among academics on what constitutes a social cost, which in turn makes these costs difficult to measure.

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