May 16

Regaps gambling conference

More than 300 people participated in the Regaps conference on gambling regulation, prevention and treatment of problem gambling. The conference was held on April 29, in Stockholm. All presentations are now available on the internet, as well as the questions to the presenters, via the Mentimeter app, and their answers.

Regaps – Responding to and Reducing Gambling Problems Studies – is a large Swedish research program, encompassing several sub-studies on various aspects of gambling and problem gambling. This variety of interest was reflected at the conference, with its 30 short presentations and panel discussions (all in plenary!).

I presented the ongoing Regaps study on crime caused by problem gambling (conducted by Jenny Cisneros Örnberg, David Forsström and myself). The study is based on verdicts delivered by Swedish criminal courts in the five-year period 2014-2018, in which keywords relating to problem gambling appear. We read the verdicts (about 1300), with a focus on cases in which problem gambling clearly has led to crime. Most cases are about fraud, embezzlement and similar economic crimes. Results from the study will start to be published in 2020. My presentation is available here (in Swedish).

The full documentation of the conference is found here.

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