Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Dr. Lee Bernick, Examination Committee Chair, Professor of Public Administration, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Number of Pages



The study attempts to answer some fundamental questions about the adult dance establishments. That is, whether the adult dance establishments add or subtract to the well being of the community. In order to accomplish this it is necessary to determine the benefits and costs of the adult dance establishments on the community and more specifically find out if benefits outweigh the costs. In this study it was decided to make use of the readily available information from the government agencies. The government collects license fees and property taxes from these establishments. Based on the analyses it was concluded that the revenue that the government receives as license fees from these establishments is very small. The government is charging the license fees for these establishments as a way of constraining the market and regulating the businesses and not as a source of revenue. The property tax revenue from the property on which these establishments are housed is quite substantial. They pay their fair share of property taxes and they do not appear to have a negative externality attributed to their presence, in a locality. That is, the property value of the neighboring properties is not negatively affected economically by the presence of these establishments.


Entertainment – Economic aspects; Striptease; Nightclubs – Economic aspects


Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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