What We Don't Know About Gambling, but Should

"It should not be all that difficult," I told the prominent sociologist with whom I was speaking. "All I want from you is an analysis of available literature."

My request, or so I thought, seemed reasonable enough. I was asking about research on the effects of gambling on the American family. One would be hard pressed to overestimate the role of gambling in America today. In 2005 the American Gaming Association estimated total revenue from gambling at $84.65-billion for the year. One