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Center for Urban Research and Learning

Empirical Evaluation of the Economic Development Impact of the West Side Chicago Wal-Mart


Project Team
Ron Baiman, Consultant
Joseph Persky, UIC Economics Department
D. Embrick, Faculty, Department of Sociology & CURL Faculty Fellow
David Merriman, UIC Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Julie Davis, University:Community Research Coordinator (CURL)
Lisa Thum, Undergraduate Fellow (CURL)
Lucia Samayoa, Undergraduate Fellow (CURL)
Tanin Arkfeld, Undergraduate Fellow (CURL)
Brian Flanagan, Undergraduate Fellow (CURL)
Katherine Caleal, Urban Studies
Melissa Bunda, Urban Studies
Erin Johnson, Urban Studies
Constantine Kanakis, Urban Studies
Stanley Budzynski, Urban Studies
Brandon Taylor, Urban Studies



CURL is conducting a 3-year study of the impact of the new Wal-Mart on Chicago's West Side is having on the local Austin business community. The project involves over-the-phone interviews with businesses within a 3 mile radius of the Wal-Mart where we ask questions about the prices of the goods they sell, the number of employees they have, and the wages those employees are paid. In addition, we are analyzing several different data sets with information on employment, sales tax, and other economic indicators to provide a larger context for the information we gather in the interviews.

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Woods Fund of Chicago



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