Evidence and Social Policy: the case of gambling
Gary Banks gave a presentation to the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies in Adelaide on 30 March 2011.
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Social policy is harder
People are complicated
Collecting good data is hard
Policy outcomes can take a while
Hard to compare 'like with like'
Assessment often must depend on what people say
Intangible and value-driven trade-offs
A reasonable standard of 'proof' is called for
The case of gambling policy
The Commission's pursuit of evidence
Why is gambling a policy 'problem'?
Estimating costs versus benefits
Not (just) a 'medical' problem
Gaming machines should be the main focus of harm minimisation
The dollar bet limit
Voluntary schemes have limited effectiveness
What about the costs?
The way forward