EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Impacts of Big Box Stores

Project Details

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Spring, 2017

Authors: Sitou Akibode and Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University


This study helps not only to understand and assess the impact of more than half big box tax abatement on local communities, and governments, but also to assess solutions. The study explores as well new forms of partnership/collaboration between communities and big box stores, including community benefits agreements (CBAs). It is also interested in the overall impacts of big box tax abatement on Michigan. A geographical focus will be on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where major adverse impacts have been seen including shut down of public spending (education, fire department, road infrastructure) due to the tax cut.

Finance, Legal, and Exporting