Dollar Store Impacts on Rural Economic Activity, Labor Markets, and Consumer Welfare Dollar Store Impacts on Rural Economic Activity, Labor Markets, and Consumer Welfare Our overall goal is to study the economic impact of dollar store expansion and growth on economic welfare in rural economies. Objective 1: Combine a spatial and temporal data set of dollar store expansion with local economic activity, labor market outcomes (employment and wages), and local prices for food and other consumer goods. Objective 2: Map the expansion of dollar store locations relative to their distribution centers and generate summary statistics comparing location decisions with measures of economic activity on a county and census-tract basis. Objective 3: Estimate econometric models that control for the endogeneity of market entry and location to identify the independent effect of dollar store entry on local-market wages, employment levels, business startup patterns, and consumer food expenditures. Objective 4: Use the econometric estimates to simulate the consumer-welfare effects of dollar-store entry, relative to counterfactuals that assume status quo retail locations, consumer driving patterns, and retail store-choices.
|Effective start/end date||9/28/21 → 9/30/23|
- USDA: Economic Research Service: $20,000.00
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