Gambling and financial harms: a multi-level approach


  • Virve Marionneau University of Helsinki
  • Janne Nikkinen University of Helsinki



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Marionneau, V., & Nikkinen, J. (2024). Gambling and financial harms: a multi-level approach. Critical Gambling Studies.



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