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Date:4/2/2009

he U.S. will consider following suit as it seeks to halt the nation's deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression.

"They're looking for solutions, and this is an obvious solution," he said. "It's in every economic textbook. You can't gamble your way to prosperity. It creates no products or new jobs, so we need to get rid of gambling to pump-prime the economy."

The U.S. International Gambling Report Series is the first academic collection to take a comprehensive look at gambling, according to publisher William S. Hein & Co., based in Buffalo, N.Y.

Five years in the making, the vast collection of academic and government reports was compiled by the Research Editors Doctoral Directorate on Gambling, a loosely knit group of doctoral researchers initially based at the U. of I.

"Gambling: Executive Summaries and Recommendations" kicks off the three-volume series, renewing calls to outlaw gambling that have mounted since the 1999 U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission sought a moratorium on gambling expansion.

The remaining volumes reprint hundreds of reports that explore specific consequences of gaming "Gambling With National Security, Terrorism and Military Readiness" and "Gambling With Crime, Destabilized Economies and Financial Systems."

Kindt says the exhaustive collection of research will aid the public and policy makers when calls to curtail gambling spark renewed debate with the gambling industry and its powerful lobby.

"It's simply a question of whether the American public is going to listen to special interest groups or if they're going to demand that their government focus on public health, safety and welfare," Kindt said. "That's between the public and their elected officials. All we can do is present the research."


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