Impacts of Smoking Bans in Gaming Venues

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Joe Hirschberg

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Jenny N. Lye

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 30, 2010

Abstract

Recent changes in smoking laws have influenced gambling behaviour at Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) venues. In this paper we review the literature that examines the interrelationship between gambling, problem gambling and smoking in order to gauge the indirect effects of smoking bans in gaming venues. We then perform an analysis on the consequences of a smoking ban in Victoria, Australia that was instituted on September 1st , 2002. This analysis investigates the nature of the pattern of drops in local EGM revenue and the impact on the state tax revenue.

Keywords: Slot Machines, Smoking Ban, Tax Revenue, Border Effects

JEL Classification: L83, H27, I18

Suggested Citation

Hirschberg, Joseph G. and Lye, Jenny N., Impacts of Smoking Bans in Gaming Venues (November 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2878281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2878281

Joseph G. Hirschberg (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Victoria 3010, 3010
Australia

Jenny N. Lye

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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