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Long Live Walmart

Thursday, April 6th 2017
06:45 - 08:30 PM
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New YorkNY

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Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion, but does the company really deserve the scrutiny?  Some say that the big-box retailer devastates small communities by pushing out locally-owned businesses, mistreats its workers through low pay and restrictive work hours, and forces American companies  to use cheap foreign labor to produce goods at low cost.  Others point to the fact that Walmart provides countless jobs to low-skilled American workers, sells affordable goods, has increasingly become a leader in sustainability, and attracts new consumers and businesses to its neighborhoods.  Has Walmart been good for America?

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For the motion

John Tierney

John Tierney

Contributing Editor, City Journal

John Tierney is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's quarterly publication, City Journal. Tierney has written about urban politics... Read More

Richard K. Vedder

Richard K. Vedder

Economist & Author, The Wal-Mart Revolution

Richard Vedder is director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University... Read More

Against the motion

Amy Traub

Amy Traub

Associate Director of Policy and Research, Demos

Amy Traub serves as associate director of policy and research at Demos. She has a broad research focus on consumer debt, job quality and job creation... Read More

Nelson Lichtenstein

Professor, UC Santa Barbara & Author, The Retail Revolution

Nelson Lichtenstein is a distinguished professor in the Department of History at UC Santa Barbara, where he directs the Center for the Study of Work... Read More

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The Research

The Research

The Good Goliath

November 29, 2005

Wal-Mart has been one of the most successful antipoverty programs in America.

Not Made In America: Top 10 Ways Walmart Destroys Us Manufacturing Jobs

July 2, 2012

Here are 10 ways Walmart has facilitated America’s industrial decline. 

Walmart Touts 10,000 New Jobs in the U.S. as Donald Trump Pressures American Companies

Phil Wahba
January 17, 2017

Walmart on Tuesday touted a plan to create some 10,000 jobs in the United States this year, a move that may help it get in front any potential pressure from President-elect Donald Trump.

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