Mississippi Tops Study Linking Casinos, Public Corruption

A new study released by the Pew Research Center is claiming that states who have pursued the gaming interest have a higher prevelance of corruption and white collar crime. And according to the researcher, the gaming industry and the growth in corruption are related.

From the Pew Research Center:

Economists Douglas M. Walker and Peter T. Calcagno found that corruption convictions increased after casinos were legalized. But that’s not the whole story. According to their analysis, the corrupting influence of casino interests was at work a year or two before casinos were legalized, too.

“Interestingly, when we examine the individual states’ trends in per capita corruption convictions, we find the trends tend to be increasing both before and after casinos are legalized and begin operating,” they report in the latest issue of the journal Applied Economics.

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