Liberalising Gambling Markets: Lessons from Network Industries?

TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2007-025

16 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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Eric van Damme

TILEC and CentER, Tilburg University

Date Written: August 2007


This paper, based on my concluding remarks at the Colloquium on the Economic Aspects of Gambling Regulation: EU and US Perspectives held at Tilburg in November 2006, discusses the question why, in Europe, some service sectors (such as network industries) are liberalised, while others (like the gambling sector) are not. In both, the discussion appears to be one-sided. In the former, the focus is on consumer benefits, where in the latter, only the possible consumer harm associated with liberalisation is discussed. A proper balancing of costs and benefits can, and should, be subsumed under the ECJ's proportionality test, as formulated in Gambelli. If this more economic approach is taken, the result might very well be less restrictive policy towards gambling and games of chance.

Keywords: Gambling, market liberalisation, EU internal market

JEL Classification: L51, L83, L88

Suggested Citation

van Damme, Eric E.C., Liberalising Gambling Markets: Lessons from Network Industries? (August 2007). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2007-025, Available at SSRN: or

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