Productivity measurement in gambling: Plant-level evidence from the United Kingdom

David Paton, Donald Siegel, Leighton Vaughan Williams

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Although gambling is one of the fastest-growing service industries, there have been no studies of total factor productivity (TFP) in this sector. We attempt to fill this gap using establishmentlevel data from the United Kingdom. We also discuss key measurement issues in calculating gambling productivity and estimate labor and TFP equations, based on a stochastic frontier production function framework, focusing in particular on the impact of information technology on productivity. Our preliminary results suggest that the production function models fit well, generating plausible elasticity estimates. We find consistent evidence that productivity increased following major reforms to gambling taxation in 2001. Our findings yield limited evidence of regional variations in efficiency. Another key preliminary result is that internet operations appear to be associated with higher relative efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-975
Number of pages23
JournalSouthern Economic Journal
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Gambling
Productivity measurement
Productivity
Total factor productivity
Taxation
Production function
Service industries
Stochastic frontier production function
Elasticity
Labor
World Wide Web
Relative efficiency
Regional variation

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