Gambling Policy in European Welfare Regimes

One of the CEACG’s newest projects is:                                                                  Gambling Policy in European Welfare Regimes (GPE) 2015-2018

In many European countries, gambling offers a seemingly reliable and growing source to fund welfare regimes and public expenses. This source of revenue is often earmarked for specialised services and in many countries this revenue is used to fund private or semi-private institutions that provide public services such as sports, culture, or health and social services, including associations and charities in (mental) health care and help for substance abusers or other behavioural problems.

Gambling revenue is not always channeled to public use in the form of tax, as there are many institutional ways of doing so, including public gambling companies, sometimes even state monopolies with legal obligations to spend a part of their profits to specified purposes, using charities as revenue collectors and re-distributors, and different mixes of these.

Revenue collection from gambling to the benefit of public treasuries also creates problems.Two types of vicious loops are formed. First, gambling generates public revenue which, simultaneously, generates costs due to gambling-related problems. Secondly, more revenue is needed to address these problems.

Funding: Academy of Finland

Principal Investigator: Pekka Sulkunen

Participants: Janne Nikkinen, Michael Egerer, Virve Marionneau

Partner institutions:
Research and Training Centre Eclectica (Turin, Italy), National Institute for Consumer Research SIFO (Oslo, Norway), Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs SoRAD (Stockholm, Sweden)