Wal-Mart in Michigan Case Study by Nicky

Wal-Mart in Michigan
An analysis of Wal-Mart's impact on the Michigan economy.
# 128240 | 1,089 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 06, 2010 in Business (Companies) , Economics (Labor)

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The paper evaluates Wal-Mart's role in the Michigan economy by analyzing the impact of locally-owned versus non-locally owned stores. The paper also studies Wal-Mart's staffing and operation of a SuperCenter and shows how the typical Wal-Mart employee is part-time and paid little per hour, often with no medical benefits. The paper concludes that while smaller, independent retailers often have immediate price competition, the biggest impact is in the area of wages and medical benefits, where Wal-Mart specifically looks for part-time workers to alleviate high labor and insurance costs.

Impact of Non-Locally Owned Stores on the Michigan Economy
Assessing Wal-Mart's Impact on Michigan when a SuperCenter is Built

From the Paper:

"Big-box retailers including Wal-Mart are considered a major threat to smaller, independently operated businesses in many parts of the world. Wal-Mart specifically has been seen as an economic factor in the degradation of smaller and "Mom & Pop" retailers (Sobel, Dean, 2008). Contradictory research however shows that big box retailers, Wal-Mart specifically, contribute additional jobs and increase in tax base value (Harris, 2006). Research also illustrates that Wal-Mart's lower prices decreases the cost of living for residents of entire metro areas, in addition to creating additional jobs (Hausman, Leibtag, 2007). There are conflicting bodies of research on whether Wal-Mart delivers strength or detracts from it on a regional basis."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Civic Economics, (2008). Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy . Retrieved November 9, 2008, from Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy Web site: http://www.civiceconomics.com/localworks/
  • Richard Drogin, Ph. D (2003). STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF GENDER PATTERNS IN WAL-MART WORKFORCE, February, 2003. Kakigi & Associates, Berkeley, CA 94705
  • Thomas R Harris (2006). THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF BIG BOX RETAILERS: DISCUSSION. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 88(5), 1311. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1174862241).
  • Jerry Hausman, Ephraim Leibtag. (2007). Consumer benefits from increased competition in shopping outlets: Measuring the effect of Wal-Mart. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 22(7), 1157. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1410006711).
  • Russell S Sobel, Andrea M Dean. (2008). Has Wal-Mart Buried Mom & Pop?: The Impact Of Wal-Mart on Self-Employment and Small Establishments in the United States. Economic Inquiry, 46(4), 676-695. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1589445431).

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