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What can be done about problem gambling?

Graham Watson

1st September 2017

The issue of problem gambling imposes substantial negative externalities upon society - with the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) a particular cause of concern.

The latest report, from charity Gamble Aware, highlights the fact that the addicted gambler is spending "an average of £98 a day, place up to 90 bets and are more likely to gamble in the middle of the night, according to a new report." Read this report from the Guardian.

However, regulating the sector will prove difficult and there's a distinct possibility of government failure - and libertarians object to any intervention in this market.

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Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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