Socioeconomic Effects of Gambling on Iowans Study Committee, 2004

(2004) Socioeconomic Effects of Gambling on Iowans Study Committee, 2004. Legislative Services Agency (Legislative Service Bureau)


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Overview. The Studies Committee received an in-person progress report from the consultants retained by the Legislature to conduct a study of the socioeconomic effects of gambling on Iowans. Dr. Deepak Chhabra and Dr. Gene Lutz, both of the University of Northern Iowa, presented an update on the conduct of the study. Gambling Study Description. The consultants indicated that the study objectives are to determine the economic impact of gambling at existing Iowa casinos on the local community, the socioeconomic characteristics of gamblers, the social impact of gambling on the local community, and the impact of problem gambling. The consultants stated that the major research methods they would use would be historical data, telephone surveys of local residents, telephone interviews with key personnel, and use of an economic impact model. In conducting the study, the consultants indicated they would examine four study areas within Iowa. Study area I would be all of Iowa, area II would be that area in Iowa within a 50-mile radius of a casino, area III would be counties with a casino, and area IV would be based upon casino employee zip codes. The consultants briefed the Committee on the data collected so far and described current challenges in obtaining data on all casino visitors and from obtaining information from several convention and visitor bureaus and chambers of commerce.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Gambling, Iowans, Casinos
Subjects: Recreation and tourism > Gambling > Casinos
Recreation and tourism > Gambling
Recreation and tourism
ID Code: 6164
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2008 18:31
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2008 18:31