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SEIGMA Blog: SEIGMA-MAGIC Annual Meeting

Alissa Mazar, the Project Manager of SEIGMA-MAGIC, shares her first experience at the 2017 SEIGMA-MAGIC Annual Meeting.

I could use many words to describe my first experience at the SEIGMA-MAGIC Annual Meeting. A few come to mind: thought provoking, motivating, engaging, and cutting-edge. Personally, however, the most accurate word to capture my experience is ‘humbling.’ As the new project manager on this first of its kind study on the social and economic impacts of expanded gambling, I came to see, first-hand, what the minds of the SEIGMA-MAGIC team do.

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Volberg Speaks to the Hartford Courant Re: Connecticut Gambling Expansion

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Rachel Volberg, Principal Investigator of the SEIGMA-MAGIC projects, weighs in on the expansion of gambling in Connecticut.

"What we've seen in many, many jurisdictions that get major introductions of gambling is a sharp uptick in problem gambling for one or two years and then a decline in prevalence," said Rachel A. Volberg. "But these people still remain at a greater risk, and that's more people in population with a potential problem with gambling."

Read the full article here.

SEIGMA Blog: Working at Plainridge Park Casino

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study is part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Andrew Hall of the UMass Donahue Institute, a member of the economic and fiscal analysis team for the SEIGMA project, wrote a blog explaining the team's analysis of two years worth of data from new employees at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. Among their findings were that  50.1 percent of new hires were part-time workers or unemployed before working at the casino, and major reasons for seeking jobs at the casino were better pay, benefits, and career advancement. Read the blog here.

Volberg speaks with New York Times about problem gambling among women

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SEIGMA PI Rachel Volberg is among the gambling experts who spoke to The New York Times for a recent article examining problem gambling among women.  

Though problem gambling appears to be on the rise among women at or near retirement, hard numbers are difficult to find.

“There’s not much support for gambling research in the U.S.,” Volberg explained.

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SEIGMA Blog: In-Depth Analysis of Gambling and Problem Gambling Predictors

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study is part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Rachel Volberg, Principal Investigator on the SEIGMA project, wrote a blog examining results of the team's in-depth analysis of factors that are gambling and problem gambling predictors in Massachusetts. The team found the strongest predictor was the portion of friends and family that are regular gamblers was the strongest predictor. Read the blog here.

MGC Chair includes SEIGMA study in opinion piece about safeguards of Expanded Gaming Act

Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) University of Massachusetts Amherst SPHHS

A recent opinion piece by Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) chair Stephen Crosby in the Boston Globe explains the safeguards for gamblers under the Expanded Gaming Act, which legalized casino gambling in the state. Crosby lists the SEIGMA study among the elements of the law meant to protect customers at Massachusetts casinos. 

"This research will inform and empower regulators and legislators to address any issues that Massachusetts communities have not already anticipated," he writes. Read more here.

SEIGMA findings on negative impacts of gambling generate press coverage

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The SEIGMA team's recent report on the Baseline Online Panel Survey (BOPS) generated coverage by several media outlets, especially the findings on the most prevalent negative impacts of gambling. Among the media covering the report were Northeast Public Radio, and WWLP television news.

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.

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