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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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John Tierney

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John Tierney
  • Contributing Editor, City Journal
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Has any organization in the world lifted more people out of poverty than Wal-Mart?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
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Richard K. Vedder

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Richard K. Vedder
  • Economist & Author, The Wal-Mart Revolution
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Richard K. Vedder and Ken Jacobs discuss Walmart’s role in America. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

But while their anticorporate message might resonate against certain corporate targets, Democratic politicians should think twice about viciously–and unfairly–tarnishing Wal-Mart simply to score political points with union leaders.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton was the quintessential American success story, and, with the help of many associates and investors, the company he founded has arguably done more to help ordinary Americans, especially the poor and disadvantaged, than any other institution in our society.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Richard Vedder discusses his book, The Wal-Mart Revolution, with National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The full text of The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy written by Richard Vedder and Wendell Cox and published by the American Enterprise Institute. 

Thursday, January 1, 1970
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Nelson Lichtenstein

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Nelson Lichtenstein
  • Professor, UC Santa Barbara & Author, The Retail Revolution
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An interview with Nelson Lichtenstein.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

As even a casual glance at the newspapers and television makes overwhelmingly clear, Wal-Mart is an inescapable touchstone for so many of the social, urban, labor, and global issues that confront 21st century Americans.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Historian Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the impact of Wal-Mart on both the American and the global economy in his new book, The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some Americans are resigned to the idea that the dominance of dead-end jobs is an inevitable fact of our economy. We believe it’s important to take a brief look back at the decline of the hourly career, and the bright spots in our past and recent history that offer hope for a turnaround in job standards.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein sheds light on the new surge of Walmart protests.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If and when thousands of Wal-Mart hourly workers make it clear, to their store managers as well as the public, that collectively they want a more predictable work life, then Wal-Mart’s famed “culture” will indeed begin to change, and much for the better.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Amy Traub

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Amy Traub
  • Associate Director of Policy and Research, Demos
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Richard French spoke with Amy Traub of Demos about what Walmart and other companies could do to help their minimum wage employees who are having a hard time making ends meet during the holiday season.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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

Monday, July 2, 2012
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Retail salesperson is the most common job in the country, and the industry’s low pay and erratic scheduling leaves employees — especially the 7.2 million women who disproportionately fill these low-wage jobs — in poverty.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

If Walmart redirected the $6.6 billion spent on share repurchases in 2013 toward investment in human capital, it could give its 825,000 low-wage employees a raise of $5.13 per hour, boosting productivity and sales.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Walmart workers have been fasting in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, demanding a living wage.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In this research brief, we utilize the Living Wage Calculator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to evaluate the adequacy of Walmart’s wage increase in supporting workers and their families.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Background

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As American shoppers move online, Walmart fights to defend its dominance.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
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A timeline of Walmart’s founding and development.

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Walmart’s statistics on employment, financials, and leadership.

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It seems just about everyone has heard of or shops at Walmart. But we bet you didn’t know these surprising facts about the global retail giant.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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America's "favorite" supermarket—at least in terms of where we spend the most money—also appears to offer the worst grocery shopping experience.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Brad Tuttle

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1969, is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world.

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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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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From its sophisticated inventory systems to its pricing innovations, Wal-Mart has blazed a path that numerous other retailers are now following, many of them vigorously competing with Wal-Mart.

Monday, November 28, 2005
Jason Furman

Just over a decade ago, EDF and Walmart launched a groundbreaking partnership — one that’s delivering powerful results and helping to scale sustainability across the retail supply chain.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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Fred Krupp

But as the largest single private employer in the country, is Walmart really responsible for keeping its workers out of poverty?

Friday, April 1, 2005
Ryan Cooper

Wal-Mart's critics allege that the retailer is bad for poor Americans. This claim is backward.

Monday, November 28, 2005
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Sebastian Mallaby

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In this op-ed, Egan argues that Walmart and Starbucks are “poised to do more to affect the huge chasm between the rich and everybody else than anything that’s likely to come out of John Boehner’s House of Representatives.” Read Walmart’s response here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Timothy Egan

When a Walmart comes to town, the local economic framework is immediately thrown into turmoil.

Monday, January 25, 2016
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Ethan Wolff-Mann

The retail giant is always watching.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Susan Berfield

Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Clare O’Connor

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a means of survival for families earning minimum wage.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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Peter van Buren

Wage Increases

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2016 action lifts average hourly full-time rate to $13.38; New paid time off plan gives full- and part-time associates greater control.

Saturday, February 20, 2016
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The largest private employer in the U.S. will have to do a lot more to appease its critics.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Bourree Lam

Wal-Mart Stores Inc would have to spend an additional $4.95 billion if it were to raise the minimum wage for its hourly employees in the United States to $15 per hour from the current $10 per hour, according to an estimate by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research.

Friday, June 10, 2016
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Big Box Retailers

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A series of studies that shed light on the effects of big-box retailers on other businesses, employment, wages, crime and health.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Denise-Marie Ordway and Leighton Walter Kille