Thursday, October 04, 2007

Walmart roundup

Catching up with the news that Walmart has decided to not build in Kilbuck, here are a few Walmart related posts from the past.: One of the earliest blog posts here was on a great use of new media in research. See this video-graphic: "The Diffusion of Wal-Mark and the Economies of Density" (wmv file) put together by Thomas Holmes of the Economics Department at the University of Minnesota. Really worth watching. I was reminded of this via Urban Cartography that also points out the youtube version which I will embed below, although the wmv file seems cleaner. That blog also notes the Walmart related article in the WSJ yesterday.

Also, I pointed out in the past. Penn State's Stephan Goetz and Hema Swaminathan made some waves with a paper published on the relationship between the growth of Wal-mart and county poverty rates. Here is a press release on their article "Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty" in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly. There is an earlier version of their paper available here.

and in case the big W feels I am picking on them, there is also news out the other day that Walmart has reached its goal of selling over 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs 3 months early.