COVID-19; hospitality; casino; gaming management; leadership


Gaming and Casino Operations Management

Document Type

Original Review Article (Essays, Opinion Pieces, and/or Book Reviews)


The COVID-19 pandemic has generated countless research questions for academics in every conceivable field. Chief among those are the biomedical questions, particularly those related to diagnosis, prevention and treatment (National Institutes of Health, 2020), as this public health crisis relentlessly spreads across the globe. Meanwhile, virtually every other research field finds itself exploring the intersections of those biomedical questions with more specific queries on a range of everyday impacts. Sweden’s approach to COVID-19 has captured the imaginations of critical thinkers worldwide. Sweden has resisted the tendency of governments to shut down society, instead electing for a more sustainable approach. Our question here is simple: what can the gaming world learn from what we might call “The Sweden Experiment”?

Funding Sources

During the past 5 years, Kasra Ghaharian has received funding from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for research on problem gambling. During the past 5 years, Dr. Bernhard has been funded by the U.S.-Japan Business Council, Wynn Resorts, Atomic 47/ePlata Banking, Las Vegas Sands, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Governor's Advisory Panel on Problem Gambling, the State of Nevada Knowledge Fund, and MGM Resorts International. He has received travel and/or honoraria for presenting his research in more than two dozen countries.

Competing Interests