Casino gambling is spreading into the mainstream of American life and unleashing a host of troubling problems: it is harming health, draining wealth from people in the lower ranks of the income distribution, and contributing to economic inequality. These are among the findings of Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences, a report released from the Council on Casinos, an independent group of 33 scholars and public policy leaders convened by the Institute for American Values.

Why Casinos Matter is part of a series of investigations called “Casino Land: America in an Age of Inequality” being conducted by the Institute for American Values and its partners. The goal is to understand the meaning and role of casinos in American life — how they work and what they do, the values they embody and transmit, their impact on civil society, their connection to government, and their relationship to the rise of American inequality.