Wal-Mart and Values: Painting the Town Red?
Brock School of Business, Samford University
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics
Washington University in Saint Louis - Department of Economics
April 1, 2009
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Wal-Mart, values, retail, social capital
JEL Classification: A13, L81, N3, O18, Z13
Date posted: June 23, 2007 ; Last revised: April 8, 2009