The problem w/economics is that economists do not self-police corruption. Example. Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute is one of the leading proponents that Amazon warehouse jobs are a net benefit to a community rather than a low wage disaster. Guess who pays him?— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) February 3, 2018
Finally, this story by @lydiadepillis at CNN discusses the 'controversy' over the EPI study. And she actually notes that @MichaelMandel at PPI is funded by Amazon. Yay. https://t.co/FQD0RPy2lc pic.twitter.com/gfp5vQzovk— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) February 3, 2018
The irony with Amazon, is that without the sales-tax exemption on internet sales in the USA, they would never have survived.
Amazon are in the news as they look for sweetheart deals to move their corporate headquarters and build new fulfilment centres. The left-wing US publication, Working In These Times, analyses this in a story titled: Cities Scrambling to Attract Amazon Because It “Creates Jobs” Are Being Sold a Lie.
They point out that Amazon's business model means that they have to build more warehouses anyway:
“If your business model is getting things to people within 24 hours, you have to be everywhere,” Jones said. In other words, paying a company to locate a facility they have to build anyway makes no sense."The article also cites figures that show that the arrival of an Amazon warehouse has little or no effect on overall employment levels. They have a negative impact on wages and conditions:
A 2016 study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance found that hourly wages at Amazon fulfillment centers are far below the typical warehouse worker, and employees work more hours to compensate.