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SEIGMA Blog: impacts of gambling in Massachusetts

Robert Williams, co-Principal Investigator on the SEIGMA project, penned a blog explaining the team's recently published Baseline Online Panel Survey (BOPS) of gamblers in Massachusetts. Read the blog here.

SEIGMA research on lottery sales generates press coverage

The SEIGMA study is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

The SEIGMA team's presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) about lottery ticket sales during the first year of casino operations has generated significant press coverage. Among the publications reporting on the research were the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Commonwealth Magazine, and Springfield RepublicanRead the Republican story here.

SEIGMA Blog: analysis of lottery sales during first year of casino operations in MA

Mark Nichols, a researcher on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently testified before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission about research by his team examining the change in state lottery sales during the first year of casino operations. Read the team's blog for more information.

SEIGMA Blog: host community real estate profiles

Henry Renski, a researcher on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently wrote a blog examining three new reports he co-authored about real estate challenges and opportunities in the three MA communities targeted for casinos: Everett, Plainville, and Springfield. Read more here.

SEIGMA and UMass Amherst announce Biostatistician search

The SEIGMA study and University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences are searching to fill a Biostatistician position. Requirements include collecting and analyzing data; reviewing literature; drafting, revising and producing study reports.

Candidates must possess a Master's degree in Social Sciences (e.g., biostatistics, public health, sociology, psychology, economics) with three years of experience with program planning, evaluation, or large-scale research studies. For a complete position announcement including the application instructions and required qualifications, please see the full position listing.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

SEIGMA report details wages generated in constructing Plainridge Park Casino

A recent report issued by SEIGMA team member the UMass Donahue Institute examines the impact of almost $22 million in wages generated through the construction of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. News site Wicked Local reports that 85 percent of that amount went to Massachusetts residents, with much of the remainder paid to workers from nearby Rhode Island. Read more here.

SEIGMA team member from UMass Donahue Institute presents findings about economic impact of Plainville slot parlor

Rod Motamedi, Research Manager at the UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) and a research lead on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently presented research to the Massachusetts Gaming Commision about the economic impact of constructing the Plainridge Park Casino, the slot parlor located in Plainville, MA. The Sun Chronicle reports construction employed about 800 people from Norfolk County, where the casino is located, as well as nearby Bristol county. Another 74 construction workers on the project were from the Plainville area itself. Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Constructing Plainridge Park Casino

Rod Motamedi, a research lead on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently wrote a blog explaining results from his analysis of the impacts from the construction phase of Plainridge Park Casino. Read more here.

Volberg presents research on problem gambling rates in Massachusetts to legislators

SEIGMA PI Rachel Volberg presented research results about problem gambling rates in Massachusetts to lawmakers in a meeting at the State House. The findings, from the SEIGMA study, document gambling rates before the opening of casinos in the state. Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Enrique Zuniga explained the project as “very ambitious” and “something that has never been done before in the world, mostly because we’re looking at it before and after the introduction of casinos.”

Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Fact Sheets Released

SEIGMA Web Manager Matthew Medeiros recently wrote a blog explaining the team's new set of fact sheets on the project. "We have initiated an ongoing series, the SEIGMA Fact Sheets, which will share information on the project, and ultimately our results, in a style that is engaging, clear, and avoids overloading readers with too much technical information," he writes. Read more here.

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