LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DUBIOUS STUDY

Three aspects of the [Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s] study [concerning the economic impact of the planned advent of Wal-Mart Stores into Southern California, "The Wal-Mart Effect Now Awaiting Southern California," editorial, SN, Feb. 9, 2004, Page 8] trouble me: Wal-Mart paid for the study; Wal-Mart had the final say on the [report's executive summary]; and several economists doubt

Three aspects of the [Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s] study [concerning the economic impact of the planned advent of Wal-Mart Stores into Southern California, "The Wal-Mart Effect Now Awaiting Southern California," editorial, SN, Feb. 9, 2004, Page 8] trouble me: Wal-Mart paid for the study; Wal-Mart had the final say on the [report's executive summary]; and several economists doubt the conclusions of the report.

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