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William Eadington
Professor of Economics, Director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gambling
University of Nevada, Reno

William Eadington is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is an internationally recognized authority on the legalization and regulation of commercial gambling, and has written extensively on issues relating to the economic and social impacts of commercial gaming.

Professor Eadington has served as the organizer of the 1st through 13th International Conferences on Gambling and Risk Taking between 1974 and 2006. He has edited or co-edited a variety of publications, including Finding the Edge: Mathematical Analysis of Casino Games, (2000). The Business of Gaming: Economic and Management Issues (1999); Gambling: Public Policies and the Social Sciences, (1997); Gambling Behavior and Problem Gambling, (1993); Gambling and Commercial Gaming: Essays in Business, Economics, Philosophy and Science, (1992); Tourism Alternatives, (1992) Gambling and Public Policy: International Perspectives, (1991); Indian Gaming and the Law, (1990); and Gambling and Society, (1976).

Dr. Eadington has served as a consultant and advisor for governments and private sector organizations throughout the world on issues related to gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, legalization and public policy. He is a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, and a former Associate Editor of the Annals of Tourism Research and the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Eadington has been with the University of Nevada since 1969. He has served as an Academic Visitor to the London School of Economics, as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Addiction Studies, Harvard Medical School, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also is on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Salford (U.K.). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Santa Clara University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate School.


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