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  •  So you have nothing to say about the paper? nt (0+ / 0-)

    'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 03:19:40 PM PDT

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    •  That Berkeley paper is well known. (0+ / 0-)

      And the implications of a technologically efficient retailer are obvious. Of course there are fewer jobs - that is the point of innovation. The history of mankind is a history of becoming more and more efficient. Across all industries (starting with farming). Okay, that is bad for the specific displaced worker, and for mom and pop who own the local inefficient store. But we all benefit from greater efficiencies. It may be a rallying cry here that we are better off with more people doing a job that less people can do. But in the long run, that is a more destructive policy than anything Walmart is accused of doing.

      •  Where does the paper say anything about... (0+ / 0-)

        technology and efficiencies forcing wages down?

        Why don't you address what the paper says rather than what it doesn't say?

        Our research finds that Wal-Mart store openings lead to the replacement of better paying jobs with jobs that pay less. Wal-Mart’s entry also drives wages down for workers in competing industry segments such as grocery stores.

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        With an average of 50 Wal-Mart stores per state, the average wages for retail workers were 10 percent lower, and their job-based health coverage rate was 5 percentage points less than they would have been without Wal-Mart’s presence. Nationally, the retail wage bill in 2000 was estimated to be $4.5 billion less in nominal terms due to Wal-Mart’s presence.

        'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

        by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 07:18:26 PM PDT

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