Gambling Expansion and Social Change

  • Victor Zheng
  • Po-san Wan


In the past and even today, as the general public believes that casinos are inherently pernicious, legalizing gambling is usually criticized as a move that will aggravate all kinds of social evils such as crime, prostitution, money laundering, pathological gambling, family strife, alcoholism, drug abuse, triad activity, corruption, juvenile delinquency, and so on. Since Macao had made gambling legal for over one and a half centuries, few protested when the Macao SAR government voiced plans to liberalize the industry by introducing competition. Later, however, when the liberalization policy was put into practice and casinos sprang up like mushrooms, worries were expressed that social stability could be undermined. However, the issue that has attracted the greatest public attention and concern is why some people have received less, or why other people have gained more, than others.


Pathological Gambling Money Laundering Divorce Rate Public Security Juvenile Delinquency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Zheng
    • 1
  • Po-san Wan
    • 1
  1. 1.Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific StudiesChinese University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong SAR

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