Just posted: the latest occasional paper:
Paper 45: October 2018
Kim Manh. "Luck of the Land: The Growth of Tribal Gaming."
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.
View the paper here (pdf)