Peer review of Europe Economics: Fixed odds betting terminals and the code of practice: Round 2 research: A report for the Association of British Bookmakers Ltd.

Abstract

This review assesses the report published by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) and conducted by Europe Economics on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).The review was asked to assess whether (1) the questions posed by the study are sensible; (2) if not, what more appropriate questions would be; (3) whether the study is well designed to answer the study questions; (4) whether the conclusions drawn are supported by the evidence collected; (5) what the policy implications of the study are, if any, and (6) whether there are any other matters to address. Any further evaluation of the impact or implementation of the ABB's Code of Practice would be enhanced by a new methodology that addresses the shortcomings of the 2005 and 2006 studies; in particular, sampling methods, weightings and choice of an alternative problem gambling screen.

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