Jeffrey L. Dense

Academic Affiliate, Nathan Associates Inc.; Professor of Political Science, Eastern Oregon University


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oregon
M.A., Political Science, University of Oregon
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Dense is an internationally recognized authority on gambling policy. In addition to teaching and conducting research, he has served as consultant to 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 analysis. 

Dr. Dense has published his research in scholarly journals, including Gaming Law Review and EconomicsEncyclopedia 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 federal, state and local agencies, including the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, the Oregon State Lottery, the 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.

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Expert witness, gaming industry, public policy, economic impact analysis

Industry Experience

Gaming, Indian gaming, craft brewing

Selected Publications & Presentations


“Gambling and Globalization: Still a Bad Bet?,” 2011, Gaming Law Review and Economics 15(1 and 2):  17-25.

“State Lotteries, Commercial Casinos and Public Finance: An Uneasy Relationship Revisited,” 2007,Gaming Law Review 11(1):  34-50.

“Administration of State Lotteries”, in Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, ed. Evan M. Berman, Ch. 9, New York:  Taylor & Francis, 2007.

“The Socioeconomic Impact of Gaming in the Virgin Islands”, 2004, Gaming Law Review 8(3):  175-188.

“Estimating Casino Expenditures by Out of State Patrons,” 2003, Journal of Travel Research 41(4):  410-415.

Presentations and Testimony

“Estimating the Economic Impact of Festivals and Events,” Oregon Festival and Events Association Conference, March 2013.

“The Politics of Vice: Lessons from Oregon and Beyond,” Western Political Science Association, March 2012.

“Gambling in the European Union:  Problems and Prospects,” Western Political Science Association, April 2011.

State Lotteries Impact on Public Finance, expert testimony before the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, Massachusetts, August 1999.

Native American Gaming Legislation, expert testimony before the Joint Committee on Government Regulation, Massachusetts March 1997.

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