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Robert Goodman / Biographic Information

Robert Goodman, a Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is the author of numerous articles and three books on urban planning, regional economics, and state-sponsored gambling. His most recent book, The Luck Business, is a study of the economic and social impacts of gambling policy in America that grew out of his work as director of the United States Gambling Study, a two-year research project funded by the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

 Mr. Goodman has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Stouffer Fellowship at the Joint Center for Urban Studies at Harvard and MIT, and has provided expert testimony on these issues for public and private organizations, including the U. S. Justice department. He has spoken on urban planning and economic development issues before state and local governments, as well as the United States Congress. He has been a featured speaker at public forums and universities in this country and abroad and at professional conferences, including the national meetings of the American Bar Association, the National Press Foundation, the National Association of Attorneys General, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Mr. Goodman is currently researching the social and economic consequences of alternative transportation policies for the future of American cities.