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This paper evaluates the productivity of casinos and casino hotels in the USA in order to identify factors (both regulatory and managerial) that contribute to efficient operation. This paper uses data from the Economic Census (1997, 2002, and 2007) that captures employment, payroll, and revenue data for both commercial and Indian casinos. A portfolio of performance measures was used to describe casino and casino hotel performance aggregated at the state level. Results support the existence of economies of size and of scale, market influences, and productivity growth over time.

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Productivity of U.S. casinos and casino hotels, 1997—2007

This paper evaluates the productivity of casinos and casino hotels in the USA in order to identify factors (both regulatory and managerial) that contribute to efficient operation. This paper uses data from the Economic Census (1997, 2002, and 2007) that captures employment, payroll, and revenue data for both commercial and Indian casinos. A portfolio of performance measures was used to describe casino and casino hotel performance aggregated at the state level. Results support the existence of economies of size and of scale, market influences, and productivity growth over time.