Could materialism and perceived equity predict gambling amount? A comparison between casino and non-casino workers


  • Kwok Kit Tong University of Macau
  • Sze ManWu University of Macau


Not only do casino workers display more pathological gambling symptoms but also gamble larger amount of money on average. While casino workers and non-casino workers are similar in their overall life satisfaction as well as perceived equity (current living standard is fair given efforts), casino workers are more materialistic. Controlling for the current life satisfaction level, hierarchical regression analysis showed that for casino workers, the amount of money they gamble on average can be predicted by materialism but not equity. On the contrary, for non-casino workers, the average gambling amount is predicted by equity but not materialism. Implications will be discussed.