Walmart and values: Painting the town red?

Art Carden, Charles Courtemanche, Jeremy Meiners

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalBusiness and Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 13 2009

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Author Notes: Mike Hammock, seminar participants at Rhodes College, session participants at the 2007 World Meetings of the Public Choice Society, session participants at the 2007 meetings of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and session participants at the 2007 Missouri Valley Economic Association meetings provided valuable comments. Suzanne Wineke and Dylan Chambers proofread the manuscript. Presentation of this work was supported by a grant from The Association of Private Enterprise Education in conjunction with the Goodrich Foundation, The Koch Foundation, The Templeton Foundation, and University Francisco Marroquin. Final revisions were made while Carden was a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.

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  • Community
  • Social capital
  • Values
  • Walmart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Political Science and International Relations


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