Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Qi Ge


The study examines the relationship between casinos and crime rate by using county data from different states in the USA and comparing data 5 years prior and 5 years after the opening of a casino. Casinos were only found in Nevada before 1978, but expanded to other states afterwards. Currently there are over 15,000 Casinos found in the U.S. Data was obtained through UCR, FRED, BEA. The study used multiple difference-in-difference regression models comparing the outcomes before and after the opening of a casino during the same span of time. Findings indicate that crime rate decreases when a casino is introduced to a county. Not all crimes seem to be significantly affected by the inclusion of a casino.

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