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Policy Research

Center affiliates conduct research informing state and local policy decisions. Ongoing areas of study include: job growth, workforce development, property tax reform, the "Brain Drain," and poverty reduction. Policy briefs and descriptions of ongoing research projects listed below.

Counties that gained a Wal-Martâ„¢ store experienced smaller reductions in family poverty rates during the 1990s than did counties not gaining a Wal-Mart store. That is the central finding of a new study examining the effect of the chain on county poverty rates. This result holds after other factors affecting changes in poverty over time are accounted for, including initial poverty and whether the county already had a Wal-Mart at the beginning of the decade.