Costs and Benefits of Internet Gambling for Society (Evidence from the United Kingdom)
Chalaguine АА. Costs and benefits of Internet gambling for society (evidence from the United Kingdom). Journal of the Belarusian State University. Economics. 2018;2: 2–33.
12 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2018 Last revised: 16 Jun 2019
Date Written: July 9, 2018
This study is trying to quantify the costs and benefits of Internet gambling as well as calculate the net effect for the United Kingdom. Therefore, the research aim is to see whether Internet gambling should be a concern in the UK right now. The costs and benefits are calculated by using generally accepted measures and concepts of Welfare Economics, which should create consensus regarding a justified framework in the gambling literature, especially in regards to the calculation of social costs. The results show that the net effect of online gambling in the UK ranges from £643168031 to £2774780478 if addicted gamblers are considered rational, while it ranges from £418791001 to £2550403448 if addicted gamblers are considered irrational. Therefore, the total value of the benefits will depend on whether gambling is seen as a rational action or not. Furthermore, the total value of the costs will mainly depend on how the emotional costs of gambling are treated.
Keywords: Gambling, Costs, Benefits, Online Gambling, Internet Gambling, Welfare
JEL Classification: D60
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