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Jeffrey L. Dense, Ph.D.

Dr. Dense is an internationally recognized authority on gambling policy.  In addition to teaching and conducting research, he has served as a consultant to numerous domestic and international governments.  His gaming-related work has focused on the substitution effects between competing forms of gambling activity, the relationship between gambling activity and public finance, the performance of lotteries, and economic impact analyses.  Dr. Dense has published his research in various scholarly journals, including Gaming Law Review and Economics, Encyclopedia of Public

Administration and Public Policy, Journal of Travel Research, and Comparative State Politics. He is also the author of “The Socioeconomic Impact of Gaming in the Virgin Islands,” which was prepared for the Bureau of Economic Research of the United States Virgin Islands.


Dr. Dense has provided expert testimony on gambling policy to a number of federal, state and local agencies, including the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, Oregon State Lottery, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, and the Massachusetts General Court.


Dr. Dense’s secondary research centers on the economic impact of the craft brewing industry, especially the effect of beer festivals on tourism, public finance, and economic development.

Dr. Dense is also a professor of political science at Eastern Oregon University.  He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

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