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Government Gamble on Market Intervention

With the UK Gambling Commission recommending that betting machines should not allow customers to place bets of more than £30 at a time, the hope is that this will end the problems of addictive gambling and the harm done by people being able to currently bet and potentially lose up to £100 every 20 seconds!

This is a great article to illustrate government intervention in the market and can also be used to show demerit goods, negative externalities and corporate social responsibility.

Will this solution actually solve the underlying problem of addiction to fixed odds gambling machines or is this a further example of government failure as perhaps only an outlawing of such devices would be effective or better educating of the dangers of such forms of gambling. [Click image to read full article].

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