Document Type

Occasional Paper

Publication Date

10-1-2018

Publication Title

Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 45

Publisher Location

Las Vegas, NV

First page number:

1

Last page number:

6

Abstract

In this paper, I examine the factors that influence tribal decisions regarding gaming policy. First, I look into past accounts of the causes of gaming diffusion and attempt to overcome some of their shortcomings. In particular, previous research has neglected the limited role of federalism, geography, and the impact of gaming during undetermined legality. By collecting data from gaming expansion on tribal lands in California, I provide increased nuance to the story of gaming diffusion. I argue that proximity to major population centers will have the strongest impact on the success of tribal casinos. Only when there is an appropriately large population near proposed gaming sights can they maintain larger facilities. Using data from California’s Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, I find surrounding population to be the only impactful factor in predicting donor status contradicting many previous conclusions in the extant literature.

Keywords

Tribal casinos; Indian gaming; Gaming expansion; Revenue sharing; IGRA; California

Disciplines

Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Hospitality Administration and Management | Tourism and Travel

File Format

pdf

File Size

235 Kb

Language

English


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