Item description for The Local Economic Impact of Wal-Mart by Michael J. Hicks...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Cambria Press
ISBN 1934043389 ISBN13 9781934043387
Reviews - What do customers think about The Local Economic Impact of Wal-Mart?
Finally, Something Balanced on Wal-Mart May 25, 2007
This is a must-read for local and regional policy-makers and community leaders facing Wal-Mart related decisions and controversies. It's technical enough to offer up as concrete proof in policy discussions and, at the same time, accessible enough to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Mostly, it seems fair-minded and balanced - one of the few Wal-Mart works where the author doesn't appear to have a dog in the fight.
A well-balanced and meticulous review on the impacts of Wal-Mart May 16, 2007
It is clear that the author takes great care to provide insightful analysis of the effects that Wal-Mart stores produce in local economies. He deftly maneuvers through the political rhetoric associated with the Wal-Mart phenomenon to identify and accurately quantify the associated impacts. This examination provides the reader with a significant tool for eliminating the incorrect perceptions and clarifying the realities involved.
A Template for Future Studies May 9, 2007
Dr. Michael Hicks has authored a comprehensive study that provides a template for future studies of controversial economic issues. Unlike other offerings regarding Wal-Mart, Dr. Hicks has provided an unbiased, fact-driven analysis that disposes of unfounded myths while identifying specific problems created by the introduction of a national chain store with a tremendous amount of commercial strength into a local community. Dr. Hicks' work is both scholarly and readable and should serve as a source of significant guidance to both the academic and public policy community.