Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America by Charles T. ClotfelterSelling Hope: State Lotteries in America by Charles T. Clotfelter

Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America

byCharles T. Clotfelter, Philip J. Cook

Paperback | October 1, 1991

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With its huge jackpots and heartwarming rags-to-riches stories, the lottery has become the hope and dream of millions of Americans--and the fastest-growing source of state revenue. Despite its popularity, however, there remains much controversy over whether this is an appropriate business for state government and, if so, how the business should be conducted.
Charles Clofelter is Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University. He is also Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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Title:Selling Hope: State Lotteries in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674800982

ISBN - 13:9780674800984

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1991 Edition

PART I: The Setting

A New Role for the States
Magnitudes
The Fall and Rise of Lotteries

PART II: The Games and the Players

The Games People Play
Why (and How) They Play
The Demand for Lottery Products
Winners and Losers

PART III: The Government's Business

State Politics and the Lottery Bandwagon
The Suppliers
The Sales Pitch

PART IV: Lotteries as Public Policy

A "Painless Tax"?
Choices

Appendix: Supplementary Tables

Notes

References

Index

Editorial Reviews

Whatever the criteria, this is a superb book...it has earned the right to be the basis from which public policy debates on the controversial issues can and should take place.