[Vision2020] Wal-Mart impact studies

Jeff Harkins jeffh at moscow.com
Mon Sep 11 10:32:44 PDT 2006

Of course Andreas, you are referring to the process of preparing 
manuscripts for publication in an academic journal.

The study prepared by Steve was a private consulting activity for the 
Moscow Chamber of Commerce.  Steve is under no obligation to provide, 
say you, with anything.  Presumably the report is owned by the client.

You also claim that an academic review for the purpose of publishing 
would involve a review of the conclusions as well as the data.

In point of fact, that is not correct.  A manuscript would be 
reviewed in its entirety - from the abstract to the statement of the 
problem, the choice of methodology, the assumptions, the testing as 
well as the conclusions.  The data might be available for review, but 
it would not necessarily be required.  In many cases, the data 
contains information that was obtained under a privacy and anonymity 

Fortunately for the Peterson study, most of the data was obtained 
from compilations maintained by various local, state and federal 
agencies.  And Steve has provided complete citations for the data he 
used.  Should you find an exception to that, just provide the item in 
a post and I am rather confident that item will be resolved.

At 07:47 PM 9/10/2006, you wrote:
>On 9/10/06, Deacon James <deaconblues42 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Ms. Swanson, Mr. Solomon, et al.,
> >
> > What would an objective, unbiased presentation on the effects of Wal-Mart
> > look like?
>Deacon --
>If you were not aware, there is a process that academics use to
>determine whether a particular position is supportable or
>unsupportable. It is called peer review, and it involves the review of
>not just the conclusions, but the data. You may have heard of this,
>back in third grade: if you expect to be taken seriously, you show
>your work.
>He hasn't done this.
>Until he does so, I don't expect that he should be taken any more
>seriously as an authority than, for instance, me.
>-- ACS
> > Deacon
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