Identifying targets for law reform to reduce harm from gambling through an economic experiment that explores how mental health relates to problem gambling
One in ten Victorian adults have or are at risk of having a problem with gambling. Problem gambling is correlated with higher rates of mental health problems and suicide.
The relationship is two-way: harm from gambling has an impact on mental health, and those with mental health problems are at a greater risk of gambling harm than other gamblers. However, the mechanisms by which mental health problems could increase susceptibility to gambling harm have received little attention.
This project brings together complementary expertise from economics and law, lived experience and community organisations to address the intersection of two important areas of disadvantage. Using a discrete choice experiment, the research team will seek to quantify responsiveness to features of online gambling, including the use of inducements or advertising, that could be particularly risky for people with mental health problems.
This project establishes a timely program of policy-relevant research that will provide empirical evidence to support targeted regulatory and law reform responses to online gambling and gambling harm.
Dr Jemimah Ride, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Lachlan Cameron, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Paula O’Brien, Melbourne Law School
Professor Jeannie Paterson, Melbourne Law School
Associate Professor Jonathan Liberman Melbourne Law School and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Kate Scalzo, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Ingrid Ozols AM, mentalhealth@work
Mark Zirnsak, Uniting Church Victoria and Tasmania Synod and member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council
Lachlan Cameron and Jemimah Ride, 'The role of mental health in online gambling decisions: A discrete choice experiment', Social Science & Medicine, Volume 326, 2023, 115885, ISSN 0277-9536, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115885.