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The Causes and Consequences of Wal-Mart's Growth

Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world, yet little is known about its economic impact. This essay discusses what is known about Wal-Mart's competitive advantage and its economic impact on local communities, as well as the national and global economy, and highlights the open questions to be addressed by future research.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0611.

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Length: 27 pgs.
Date of creation: 16 Nov 2006
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Publication status: published in Journal of Economic Perspectives 21:3 (2007), pp. 177-198
Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:0611
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