An Analysis of the Economic Impacts of Indian Gaming in the State of Arizona

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Cornell, Stephen, and Jonathan B. Taylor. 2001. An Analysis of the Economic Impacts of Indian Gaming in the State of Arizona. In A Report to the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona and Lexicon, Inc.

The last few months have seen intensified public discussion of American Indian gaming operations in Arizona. At the heart of the debate lie questions regarding the impact of tribal gaming operations on the Arizona economy. Unfortunately, the discussion sometimes suffers from a shortage of facts and analysis. In this report, we set out to clarify some aspects of the nature of Indian gaming and to provide a gross analysis of its economic impacts. We employ newly available data on Indian casino operations around the state to provide an estimate—decidedly conservative—of the spending effects of Indian casinos on the Arizona economy.

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