Do new gambling products displace old? Evidence from a postcode analysis

Abstract

Examines the extent to which new gambling products displace traditional products. In particular, it tests whether the introduction of fixed-odds betting terminals {(FOBTs)} affected the number of traditional gambling machines in Great Britain. It uses data from geographical districts based on postcodes within Great Britain between 2001 and 2006. Using a propensity score-matching approach, no significant evidence is found that {FOBTs} caused a reduction in the number of machines in venues other than licensed betting offices.

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