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.
SEIGMA Blog: In-Depth Analysis of Gambling and Problem Gambling Predictors
MGC Chair includes SEIGMA study in opinion piece about safeguards of Expanded Gaming Act
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
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 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 Republican. Read 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.