Wal-Mart and social capital

Stephan J. Goetz, Anil Rupasingha

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The impacts of Big Box Stores such as Wal-Mart to local social and civic capital were studied. A conceptual model of the processes leading to changes in social capital was proposed. Into this model, the number of Wal-Mart stores in 1987 and the predicted change in the number of stores during the 1990s decade were introduced. Overall, results show that the presence of Wal-Mart depresses social capital stocks in local communities, measured at the country-level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1310
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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