David Mustard
David Mustard

Lotteries are politically popular ways for states to fund college scholarships, but there's often a discrepancy between the people who buy lottery tickets and the ones who get scholarships. To help understand why these policies are popular, the Utah-based Deseret News talked to David Mustarda Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of economics at Terry.

"It's a stable political coalition,"  said Mustard, who has been researching lottery scholarship programs for over 15 years. "If you tried to end the lottery, middle-income people will complain that scholarships were gone, and low-income people would complain that they couldn’t play it."

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