A Research Note on Indian Gaming in Arizona: Evidence of Recession and Recovery

Authors

  • William A. Taggart New Mexico State University
  • Aliese M. McArthur
  • Tad Conner Boise State University

Abstract

This research note further investigates the effect of the economic recession on Indian gaming revenues throughout the country, with a focus on the Indian gaming industry in Arizona. An analysis of quarterly contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund, which are based on tribal net win revenues, reveals that not only has Indian gaming experienced declines coinciding with the recent economic recession, as previous notes have reported, but more importantly that the industry is showing signs of recovery. As detected elsewhere, the strategic response of the gaming tribes in Arizona to the recession was to introduce more slot machines, though they did not reach the statewide cap and now appear to be decreasing their numbers.

Author Biographies

William A. Taggart, New Mexico State University

Aliese M. McArthur

Tad Conner, Boise State University

References

American Gaming Association 2008. ÒState of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment." Available at http://www.americangaming.org .

_________________________ 2010. ÒState of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment." Available at http://www.americangaming.org .

_________________________ 2011. ÒState of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment." Available at http://www.americangaming.org .

Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG). 2011. ÒTribal Contributions Fact Sheet" and ÒHistory of Indian Gaming in Arizona." Available at http://www.gm.state.az.us .

Arizona Indian Gaming Association. 2008. ÒAnnual Report." Available at http://www.news.azindiangaming.org .

Beard, Betty. 2010. ÒArizona Recession is Finally Over, Economists Say." The Arizona Republic. Available at http://www.azcentral.com .

Conner, T. and W. A. Taggart. 2009a. ÒA Research Note on the Impact of the Economic Recession on Indian Gaming in New Mexico." Indigenous Policy Journal. Available at http://www.idigenouspolicy.org .

__________________________. 2009b. ÒA Research Note on the Impact of the Economic Recession on Indian Gaming in Connecticut." Indigenous Policy Journal. Available at http://www.idigenouspolicy.org .

__________________________. 2010a. ÒA Research Note on the Indian Gaming Industry and Economic Recession in Oklahoma." Indigenous Policy Journal. Available at http://www.idigenouspolicy.org .

__________________________. 2010b. ÒA Research Note on Indian Gaming in California: Shifting Strategies in a Bad Economy." Indigenous Policy Journal. Available at http://www.idigenouspolicy.org .

Del Puerto, Luige. 2011. ÒRevised Data Show Recession Hit Harder Than Previous Estimates." Arizona Capitol Times. Available at http://www.azcapitoltimes.com. .

Meister, Alan. 2010. Casino CityÕs Indian Gaming Industry Report: 2010-2011 Edition. Newton, MA: Casino City Press, 2010.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). ÒInformation on Recession and Recoveries, the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee, and Related Topics." Available at http://www.nber.org .

Palermo, Dave. 2009. ÒRecession Impact on Native America Varies with Tribes." Indian Country Today. Available at http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/business/44899072.html. .

Downloads

Issue

Section

Research Notes