Wal-Mart and Values: Painting the Town Red?
22 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2007 Last revised: 8 Apr 2009
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Wal-Mart, values, retail, social capital
JEL Classification: A13, L81, N3, O18, Z13
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