Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to overview empirical research on gambling impacts, theories employed to these gambling impact studies and methodology of gambling impacts. Design/methodology/approach – An extensive review of literature on several gaming and tourism journals is presented. Findings – The paper summarizes theories associated with gaming research, gaming impact variables and methodological perspectives in gaming research. Practical implications – The overview of residents' perception provides policy makers to take appropriate actions, minimizing negative impact and maximizing positive impact of gaming industry. Originality/value – The paper is the most comprehensive review of both theories and methodologies of journal articles dealing with residents' perception toward gambling development from early 1980s through 2009.
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 16, 2009
Keywords: Betting; Casinos; Tourism; Individual perception; Public opinion