The University of Massachusetts Amherst


NYT on New York casinos feeling the crunch of competition in the northeast casino market

"Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times–New York’s newest casinos are already struggling for survival, as an oversaturated market has cannibalized gaming revenue." Read the whole story here.

SEIGMA team offers preliminary glimpse of MGM Springfield impacts at Public Research Day in Springfield

Nine months after MGM Springfield’s opening, the UMass research team gathered at the UMass Center at Springfield to present preliminary information about the social and economic impacts of the casino.

In 2013, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission engaged a research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to conduct a comprehensive, multi-year study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) to understand the impacts of expanded gaming in Massachusetts. The study established baselines for all social and economic variables that may be affected by expanded gaming, and the team now collects, analyzes, and reports each year to identify the actual impacts in the casino host and surrounding communities, providing key information to policymakers.

On May 15, more than 35 people, largely from the Springfield area, were on hand as the SEIGMA team showcased their latest analysis of Springfield and surrounding communities, including their work on the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study. 

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SEIGMA research feat. in GREO Research Snapshot

SEIGMA's research has been featured in a GREO (Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario) Research Snapshot—Who is most likely to treat problem gamblers in Massachusetts? Read the Snapshot here.

Volberg speaks with BBC World Service

Listen to Prof. Rachel Volberg speak with the BBC World Service on problem gambling, gender, and online casino games in Sweden. Listen here. **Clip starts at 7 minutes**

Check Out NEPR's Coverage of MGM Springfield

Check out NEPR's coverage of MGM Springfield, "How's The Springfield Casino Doing?" here. Stay tuned for SEIGMA's reports on the preliminary impacts of MGM Springfield in Springfield this Spring/Summer!

Volberg feat. in ProPublica's Series on the Expansion of Slot Machines across Illinois

SEIGMA's Dr. Rachel Volberg is featured in ProPublica's series on statewide gambling in Illinois examining the expansion of video slot and poker machines and funding for research, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling. Read it here.

SEIGMA research feat. in GREO Research Snapshot

"Gamblers with a lower portion of friends and family who gamble may have a lower risk of developing gambling problems."

Check out SEIGMA's research findings featured in a Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario (GREO) Research Snapshot here.

SEIGMA Blog: SEIGMA Team Releases Most Comprehensive Report on Impacts of Casinos Ever Undertaken and One-Page “Fact Sheets”

The SEIGMA team has officially released the Social and Economic Impacts of Expanded Gambling in Massachusetts: 2018 report--constituting the most in-depth and comprehensive investigation of the impacts of introducing casino gambling ever undertaken--and 10 Fact Sheets, which are one-page briefings that summarize findings of the social and economic impacts of expanded gambling in the Commonwealth. 

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SEIGMA Blog: SEIGMA’s Real Estate Report finds Plainridge Park Casino has Minimal Impacts on Real Estate in Plainville and Surrounding Communities

SEIGMA’s Real Estate Impacts of the Plainridge Park Casino on Plainville and Surrounding Communities report examines the initial impacts of the Plainridge Park Casino on the residential, commercial, and industrial real estate markets in Plainville and its surrounding communities. This report follows the Baseline Real Estate Conditions, Host Community Profile: Plainville report that documented real estate trends prior to the opening of Plainridge Park Casino.

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SEIGMA Blog: SEIGMA research featured in BMC Public Health—Gambling behavior strongly related to social network's level of gambling

Alissa Mazar, SEIGMA's project manager, summarizes the SEIGMA team’s most recent contribution to the field of public health in the journal BMC Public Health“The importance of friends and family to recreational gambling, at-risk gambling, and problem gambling.” 

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