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Wal-Mart Culture

Art Carden, Charles Courtemanche, and Jeremy Meiners just published a paper on the cultural consequences of Wal-Mart.  Here’s the abstract:

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.