Capping Problem Gambling in NZ: The Effectiveness of Local Government Policy Intervention

Funder: Ministry of Health

This research analyses the effects of Class 4 gambling policies on the availability of non-casino gambling machines, also known as pokies, and associated gambling behaviour. Around 10 percent of the NZ population is impacted by problem gambling. Those impacts include poor health, psychological distress, financial difficulties and strained interpersonal relationships. Class 4 gambling policies are local government instruments used across NZ communities to restrict or lower the number of pokie machines or venues. The policies are aimed at reducing gambling-related harm. This research exploits both geographic and time variation in gambling policies to assess their impact on pokie machine and venue availability, as well as gambling expenditure.

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