Hate the Game… Not the Player: A Statistical Analysis of the Characteristics of Pathological Gambling
Haverford College. Department of Economics
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine the determinants of pathological gambling, in particular, the relationship, if any, between gaming activities and gambling behavior. The significance of this topic derives from the rapid growth of the gaming industry and the assertion by Walker (1996) that poker, blackjack, and bridge players are the minorities within Gamblers Anonymous, because the games they play require a real element of skill. A better understanding, therefore, of the determinants of pathological gambling might help dictate how legislation can preserve gambling as a controlled form of entertainment and simultaneously limit or eliminate its negative social and economic effects.