Gambling: A review of the literature

Abstract

The need for better information about gambling suggested that a review of the research literature was needed. The review has focused on three main areas of enquiry: * an examination of the economic and social significance of gambling and of the evidence concerning the existence, nature and extent of any adverse consequences; * a review of research to discover which factors determine a) the initial decision to gamble and b) continuous gambling behaviour; * a discussion of the implications of the research findings and other information reviewed, for the regulation of gambling, for the formulation of policy, and for future research requirements.

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