Wednesday, 8 July 2015

That dramatic proliferation in betting shops (slight return)

Three years ago I wrote a paper for the IEA about what I consider to be a moral panic about fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). In it, I showed that there has not been a "dramatic proliferation" of betting shops in the UK, whatever Harriot Harman might tell you.

The latest gambling industry statistics were published last week so I thought it was time to see how the bookmaking epidemic had spread since I wrote The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?

Answer: it hasn't.

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