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Painting the Town Red? Wal-Mart and Values

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  • Carden, Art

    ()
    (Rhodes College)

  • Courtemanche, Charles

    ()
    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

  • Meiners, Jeremy

    ()
    (AGREM LLC)

Abstract

This essay explores the relationship between commerce and culture in the context of the recent debate over the social effect of Wal-Mart. In spite of much public debate, little is known about how Wal-Mart affects values. Using data collected from multiple sources, we show there is little evidence that Wal-Mart makes communities more conservative or more progressive.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 09-5.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 24 Aug 2008
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2009
Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2009_005

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Keywords: Wal-Mart; values; retail; social capital;

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Cited by:
  1. Courtemanche, Charles & Carden, Art, 2011. "Competing with Costco and Sam's Club: Warehouse Club Entry and Grocery Prices," Working Papers 11-7, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
  2. Devin G. Pope & Jaren C. Pope, 2012. "When Walmart Comes to Town: Always Low Housing Prices? Always?," NBER Working Papers 18111, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Courtemanche, Charles & Carden, Art, 2009. "The skinny on big box retailing: Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs, and obesity," MPRA Paper 25326, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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