Work detail

Economic and social impacts of gambling in the Czech Republic

Author: Bc. Martin Špolc
Year: 2014 - summer
Leaders: prof. Ing. Lubomír Mlčoch CSc.
Consultants:
Work type: Bachelors
Language: Czech
Pages: 118
Awards and prizes: B.A. with distinction from the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for an extraordinarily good bachelors diploma thesis.
Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/136701/
Abstract: Gambling represents a significant part of the Czech economy which generates profits as high as dozens
of billions CZK to the operators every year. Main share of the market is formed by technical games and
slot machines. The thesis deals only with this specified section of gambling and tries to describe
economic and social impacts of gambling from two different views. It proceeds with regression analysis
at level of districts first time based on the Czech data and then describes the problematic at the local
level in Prague. The results show connection of gambling with negative economic and social
environment. Gamblers lost more money in districts with higher unemployment or social benefits
payments and higher economic criminality. Gambling negatively influences also family background and
the number of tradesmen. On the other hand, gambling based on foreign visitors is not seen to be
connected with any negative consequences. The local analysis confirms differences between casinos and
gambling houses and their low respect to rules. Pawnshops and other non-representative businesses can
be found near gambling houses, more importantly the connection of gambling with criminality can be
also found at local level. Thesis presents a complex overview of slot machine gambling in the Czech
Republic and alerts readers about link of gambling with negative economic and social impact.

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