As part of its plan to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario, OLG wants to ensure that individuals and communities have the information and facts they need to encourage dialogue and make informed decisions.
The studies below include broad research intended to inform gambling public policy and offer information about the effects of gambling.
There has been considerable debate about the best methodological and theoretical approach to analyzing the social and economic impacts of gambling, with one of the central issues being how to aggregate the social impacts with the financial impacts to arrive at an overall summative measure.
Williams, R.J., Rehm, J., & Stevens, R.M.G. (2011). The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling. Final Report prepared for the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research. March 11, 2011.
Read Report: The Social and Economic impacts of Gambling
We analyze the effects of commercial casinos on retail property values in the Detroit urban area. Accounting for property characteristics and proximity to the casinos, casinos are found to have a significantly positive influence on retail property values.
Walker D. and Wiley J. (2009). Published in Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Vol. 42, Issue 1, 2011
Read Report: Casino Revenues and Retail Property Values: The Detroit Case
The gambling literature includes research by sychologists, sociologist, economists, lawyers, and others. One area of interest to all of these researchers is how to quantify the costs and benefits of gambling. There is little agreement among researchers about the appropriate way to conceptualize and quantify the effects of gambling on society.
Walker, D.M. 2006
Read Report: Quantification of the Social Costs and Benefits of Gambling