The Wal-Mart Revolution
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As the 2008 elections begin to heat up, concerns ranging from health care to wages and employment dominate the domestic political discourse. In these discussions, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is often vilified as an evil corporate empire determined to place profits before its employees. Are such characterizations true or Listen to Audio

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is Wal-Mart actually improving the standard of living of Americans through job creation and affordable products? In their book
The Wal-Mart Revolution (AEI Press, 2006), authors Richard Vedder and Wendell Cox analyze the available economic data to determine Wal-Mart’s impact on consumers, employee wages and benefits (including health care), and local economies.

Please join us as economist Richard Vedder and Wal-Mart Watch founder Andrew Grossman investigate and evaluate the impact of Wal-Mart on the economic well-being of Americans. Columnist Michael Barone addresses the impact of the Wal-Mart issue on the 2008 elections and AEI’s director of economic policy studies, Kevin A. Hassett, moderates.

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Richard Vedder, coauthor of The Wal-Mart Revolution
Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report
Andrew Grossman, Grossman Innovative Strategies; founder of
Wal-Mart Watch
Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
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