Principal Investigator: Michael T. Mathes, PhD, Providence College
Awarded $22,039.90 in 2020
The project will examine the effect of casinos on the fertility rate and overall newborn health in counties with casino openings. The researchers will analyze data from birth records from the Restricted-Use Vital Statistics Data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics merged with a unique casino dataset. The result of this work will measure whether there are greater effects on county level birth rates and infant health from employment and increased income opportunities provided by casinos or from the potential to participate in risky behavior.