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February 06, 2012
Brattle Economists Conduct Study on the Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry for the American Gaming Association

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a study today authored by Brattle economists analyzing the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of the commercial casino industry in the United States. This study is the largest and most comprehensive analysis of the total impact of the commercial casino industry in nearly 15 years. The study, “Beyond the Casino Floor: Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry,” looks past gross gaming revenue to include revenue from casinos’ other lines of business and analyzes the effects of industry spending, as well as industry supported and industry induced spending. The study finds that the commercial casino industry supported approximately $125 billion in spending and close to 820,000 jobs in the United States in 2010, equaling roughly one percent of the U.S. GDP. When secondary, or induced, effects were also considered, the report finds that the industry supports an additional $76 billion in spending and more than 470,000 jobs, with salaries and benefits totaling almost $25 billion. The study was prepared for the AGA and authored by Brattle economists Coleman Bazelon, Kevin Neels, and Pallavi Seth. To download a copy of the full study, please visit the AGA website.