The Iowa Gaming Association strives to dispel myths about gaming so citizens can make informed decisions. While opponents cite anecdotal evidence that suggests the gaming industry is responsible for a number of social problems, independent studies have consistently proven otherwise. The following are just some of the studies, all of which can be viewed in their entirety.
2011 Survey of Adult Iowans' Gambling Attitudes & Behaviors
This 2011 survey for the Iowa Department of Public Health by the University of Northern Iowa, Center for Social and Behavior Research collected data from Iowans about their gambling activities, the prevalence of problem gambling, and the awareness and opinions of publicly funded gambling treatments.
National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC)
In June 1999, the NGISC published a comprehensive study of the social and economic implications of gambling within the United States.
Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans
In March 2005, a team of researchers from the University of Northern Iowa presented a final report, "Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans." Findings included the economic impact of gambling at existing Iowa casinos on the local community; socioeconomic characteristics of gamblers; perceptions of social impact of gambling on the local community; and the impact of problem gambling.
Peer Review of Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans
The Iowa Legislative Council requested comments on the 2005 Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans study that was conducted by the University of Northern Iowa. Following are links to the reports from two different consultants:
The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)
The Division on Addictions (DOA) at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is one of the country’s premier centers for the study of addictive behavior. The center’s mission is to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education and information exchange. In the spirit of the mission, the Division has created The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS), a virtual institute to advance addiction science, and addiction-related education and clinical services. BASIS provides a forum for the free exchange of information related to addiction, as well as public access to the latest scientific developments and resources in the field.
The Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders
The Institute was established in 2000 as a program of Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions. Its mission is to alleviate the individual, social, medical and economic burdens caused by pathological gambling through support of rigorous scientific research. This website offers several comprehensive resources and studies.
Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of Pathological Gambling
The findings of this committee have been published in a 352-page book, available in hard cover.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
A study of the Interaction of Gambling and Bankruptcy was conducted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1999. This study found no correlation between the proximity to a casino and bankruptcy rates.