Policy Article

The betting monopoly in Germany: status quo and reform approaches (in German)


  • Maschke
  • M.
  • Schmidt
  • U.
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This paper focuses on the legal monopoly for sporting bets in Germany. The authors analyze the pricing behavior of the monopolist ODDSET and find that typical pricing inefficiencies on betting markets are reinforced under the monopoly. This result in conjunction with the decreasing tax revenue may motivate a liberalization of betting markets in Germany. They consider several tax designs for a liberalized market and favor gross earnings as tax base.

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Key Words

  • Betting Monopoly
  • Efficient Markets
  • Sports Betting

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