Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Volume

35

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

299

Last Page

315

Abstract

The shift of the U.S. meat packing industry from urban to rural areas has generated controversy regarding potential social and economic costs of meat packing plants on their host communities. This study uses media comments to identify the most prominent controversies regarding meat packing, its largely immigrant workforce, and rural communities. We find that the industry has impacted the demographic composition of rural communities and their schools, but find no evidence that the industry increases per capita government expenditures. Our results suggest rural communities trade off the economic benefits of hosting these large employers against the costs of accommodating needs of new residents.

Comments

This is an article from Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 35 (2010): 299. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Western Agricultural Economics Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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