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Voting Dynamics and the Birth of State-owned Casinos in Kansas

Amir Borges Ferreira Neto, Collin Hodges () and Hyunwoong Pyun
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Collin Hodges: Department of Economics, West Virginia University

Economics Bulletin, 2016, vol. 36, issue 1, 329-336

Abstract: In 2007 Kansas passed the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) which allowed for the construction of four non-tribal casino resorts in four delimited gaming zones throughout the state. Voting on KELA was exceedingly close in both the Kansas State House and State Senate with votes in favor of 52.5% and 55%, respectively. This paper aims to determine if the location of the four gaming zones plays a significant role in determining voting outcomes. Utilizing a probit choice model we conclude that party affiliation, receipt of contributions from the gaming industry, and having an out-of-state casino in close proximity to a gaming zone increases the probability of voting yes, while representing a voting district that neighbors the gaming zones or having a Native American casino diminishes the probability of voting yes.

Keywords: Casino; Voting; Kansas; Location (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 L8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-03-17
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