The Local Economic Impact of Wal-Mart (Google eBook)

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Cambria Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 337 pages
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Wal-Marts' ubiquity presents a potential problem for policymakers confronting local issues (zoning, infrastructure, taxation, etc.) which influence the location of new stores. Despite a proliferation of Wal-Mart related writing, the consensus among researchers writing peer review work is far less conclusive than either the critics or advocates of the retailer contend. This makes disentangling the effect of Wal-Mart on local economies increasing difficult. While there have been other books on Wal-Mart, none has provided scholarly economic analysis of the impact of this retail giant. The Local Economic Impact of Wal-Mart is the first to fill this gap with a critical review of the existing literature; it also provides significant empirical evidence which highlights important questions. This book will be a critical addition for all collections in Business, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. "The author is interested in facts. He asks the right questions and provides the answers that thorough research suggests. He surveys the weight of evidence and analysis in the existing literature, and adds some informed insights of his own. This is what good economists are supposed to do. There are no wild claims or hidden agendas here. This book is a triumph of empiricism over mysticism." - Lawrence W. Reed, President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan
  

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Essentially pro-Wal Mart. A very scholarly economic analysis, based on neo-conservative free-market beliefs. ex: "whether or not Wal-Mart workers use programs such as TANF and Medicaid at rates that ... Read full review

Contents

The History and Measurement of WalMart
5
Measuring WalMart
27
The Diffusion of WalMarts Entrance
45
The Commercial Impacts
71
The Impact of WalMart on the Market
99
The Impact of WalMart
135
The Fiscal Impacts of WalMart
169
WalMart and Local Expenditures
189
Social Impacts of WalMart
221
The Social Aspects of Labor Market Unions
241
WalMart and the Local Environment
251
State and Local Public Policy and WalMart
265
On Loving and Hating WalMart
295
References
305
Index
321
Copyright

WalMart and Antipoverty Programs
205

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