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Type: Journal article
Title: The influence of gaming expenditure on crime rates in South Australia: A local area empirical investigation
Author: Wheeler, S.
Round, D.
Sarre, R.
O'Neil, M.
Citation: Journal of Gambling Studies, 2008; 24(1):1-12
Publisher: Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1050-5350
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Sarah Ann Wheeler, David K. Round, Rick Sarre and Michael O’Neil
Abstract: Although there has been much speculation about the possible links between gambling and crime rates, relevant quantitative evidence has been practically non-existent in Australia to date. This paper reports the results of research that utilised a model designed to investigate the potential relationship between electronic gaming machine expenditures and property (income-generating) crime rates reported to police in local areas in South Australia in 2002–2003. The research found that the higher the expenditures on gaming machines in a particular local area per adult, the higher the income-generating crime rate in that area. No such relationship was found between gaming machine expenditure and non-income-generating crime rates. However, further research is required before any policy-relevant conclusions can be drawn.
Keywords: Gaming machine expenditure; Income-generating crime; Local areas
Description: The original publication can be found at
RMID: 0020080088
DOI: 10.1007/s10899-007-9070-8
Appears in Collections:South Australian Centre for Economic Studies publications

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