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The The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big-Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy

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ISBN: 0844742449 - The The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big-Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy  
Title:The The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big-Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy
Author:Richard Vedder
Wendell Cox
Publisher:Aei Press
Type:Book / Paperback
Publication Date:13 December, 2006
ISBN / ISBN-13:0844742449  /  9780844742441
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The activities of Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers have become rallying cries for both sides of the political aisle. This book is aimed at those involved in debates over Wal-Mart's impact on worker wages, labor issues, and health-insurance and land-use policies.

The Wal-Mart Revolution provides useful facts about the company, the U.S. retail industry, labor economics, health-care policy, and land-use realities in America today. Economist Richard Vedder and public-private partnerships expert Wendell Cox painstakingly analyze available evidence before concluding that the economic transformation in American retailing which is personified by Wal-Mart has largely been good for Americans and the economy. Wal-Mart's basic business strategies have had a profoundly positive impact on America's productivity, wages, consumer prices, and other key economic variables.

Though the book was written without any cooperation from Wal-Mart, Vedder and Cox address several criticisms often lobbed at the company and demolish them one-by-one:

• Wal-Mart workers are paid fairly―given their level of skills and experience, and compared to other retail firms, Wal-Mart employees do well
• Wal-Mart's fringe benefits―health-care coverage, retirement benefits, and more-―are similar to those of other retail firms, and very few Wal-Mart workers go without health insurance
• Big boxes mean big business: communities with new Wal-Mart stores typically enjoy increased employment and incomes after the store opens
• Wal-Mart benefits the poor, in particular, in the form of lower prices and new job opportunities
• Attempts to keep Wal-Mart out of communities through zoning restrictions, mandatory health insurance, or special high minimum wages hurt citizens, especially those with lower incomes

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