Crime Rates in Slovakia: Does Gambling Matter?

While many studies debate the merits of social costs and benefits of legal gambling, this study looks directly at the relationship between gambling and crime using unique data on revenue from gambling on a county level.

Using the panel data from the Slovak Republic, from the period between 2011 to 2015, the fixed effects panel data crime equation is estimated with the gambling variable and various tests of robustness follow. While the study finds no significant evidence that gambling is correlated to different types of crime, such as property and violence crime, it shows that the causes of crime in Slovakia follow a general pattern found in other studies: poor legal opportunities in the labor market, inequality and some demographic characteristics are leading explanations behind crime rates.

When/Where: Wed, 23 August | 16:30-17:30 | 4.06+4.07