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Casinos: Lessons Learnt from Cost-Benefit Analysis

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This chapter focuses on the method of cost-benefit analysis in the assessment of casino projects. It outlines the social background to the casino debate and discusses the advantages and disadvantages. Cost-benefit analysis is the most common method of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of gambling. The chapter explains the three main methodological aspects of the cost-benefit analysis. It then addresses the problem of identifying cause and effect. The chapter considers how the impact of certain policy measures can be measured, and focuses on the case of Maastricht. This Dutch city is keen to join forces with the US operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. to build an integrated casino resort. On the basis of a cost-benefit analysis, the Maastricht-based economists Soete & ter Weel have expressed a negative opinion on this plan.

Keywords: casino projects; cost-benefit analysis; gambling industry; Harrah's Entertainment Inc.; Maastricht case; negative assessment; Soete & ter Weel



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