- Consulting Editors
- The Employment Impact of Casino Gambling in the U.S.
- The Economics of Casino Taxation
- The Elasticity of Casino Gambling
- The Economics of Asian Casino Gaming and Gambling
- How Does Implementation of a Smoking Ban Affect Gaming?
- Overview of the Economic and Social Impacts of Gambling in the United States
- The Economics Of Online Sports Betting
- The Football Pools
- The Efficiency of Soccer Betting Markets
- The Efficiency of Pelota Betting Markets
- The Lure of the Pitcher: How The Baseball Betting Market Is Influenced By Elite Starting Pitchers
- Information Efficiency in High-Frequency Betting Markets
- On The Long-Run Sustainability of Tote Betting Markets
- The Economics of Racetrack-Casino (Racino) Gambling
- The Modern Racing Landscape and The Racetrack Wagering Market: Components of Demand, Subsidies, and Efficiency
- What Explains The Existence of an Exchange Overround?
- Insider Trading in Betting Markets
- Pricing Decisions and Insider Trading in Fixed-Odds Horse Betting Markets
- Betting on Simultaneous Events and Accumulator Gambles
- A Primer on the Mathematics of Gambling
- The Science and Economics of Poker
- The Kelly Criterion with Games of Chance
- Exploiting Expert Analysis? Evidence from Event Studies in an Information-Rich Market Environment
- Betting Motivation and Behavior
- Motivation in Betting Markets: Speculation, Calculus, or Fun?
- Evidence of Biased Decision-Making in Betting Markets
- Behavioral Finance and Point Spread Wagering Markets
- A Simple Automated Market Maker for Prediction Markets
- The Long History of Political Betting Markets: An International Perspective
- The Efficiency Of Lottery Markets
- The National Lottery
- The Benefits and Costs of Slot Machine Gambling
- The Economics Of Lotteries: A Survey Of The Literature
- The Taxation Of Gambling Machines: A Theoretical Perspective
- Name Index
- General Index
Abstract and Keywords
The conventional wisdom is that political futures markets are a recent invention. However, such markets have a long history in many Western countries. This chapter traces the operation of political futures markets back to sixteenth-century Italy, eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland, nineteenth-century Canada, and twentieth-century Australia and Singapore. In the United States election betting was a common part of political campaigns in the pre-1860 period but over the post-1860 period became increasingly concentrated in the organized futures markets in New York City.
Paul Rhode is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.
Koleman Strumpf is Koch Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business.
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