His research interests include the relationships among civic communities, civic agriculture, and socioeconomic well-being. Support for this research was provided by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in conjunction with USDA/CSREES Regional Research Projects NC-208 and NE-1012.
Big Business and Community Welfare
Revisiting a Classic Study by C. Wright Mills and Melville Ulmer
Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2006
American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume 65, Issue 5, pages 1001–1023, November 2006
How to Cite
Lyson, T. A. (2006), Big Business and Community Welfare. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 65: 1001–1023. doi: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2006.00489.x
- Issue online: 15 NOV 2006
- Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2006
Abstract. Building on research published by C. Wright Mills and Melville Ulmer in 1946, the relationships among community welfare and civic engagement, the independent middle class, and big business are examined. Manufacturing-dependent counties are the units of analysis. Partial correlation analysis is used to identify the effects of the independent and mediated effects of big business, civic engagement, and the independent middle class on community welfare. Results show that a local economy organized around smaller-scale, diversified enterprises has more favorable outcomes than one dominated by one or more large corporations.