Kenneth E. Stone

Professor of Economics &

Extension Economist

Iowa State University

 Ag., Extension, Ph.D., Illinois, 1976 

Interests:  Retail trade and community development, effects of mass merchandisers on other businesses.

Current Classes:  Econ331X: Entrepreneurship in Agriculture



  • American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Individual Extension Program Award, 1996.
  • Regents Faculty Excellence Award, 1995.
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, North Central Region, Distinguished Mid-Career Extension Award, 1993.
  • State of Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award, 1993.
  • Iowa State University Foundation Award for Career Achievement in Outreach, 1993.
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award, 1990.
  • College of Agriculture Outstanding Applied Research and Extension Award, 1989.
  • University Extension Meritorious Service Award, 1986.
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi Meritorious Service Award, 1983.
  • Small Business Administration Research Award, 198l.

Available Publications

         The Effect of Wal-Mart Stores on Businesses in Host Towns and Surrounding Towns in Iowa

         Impact of the Wal-Mart Phenomenon on Rural Communities

         Competing with the Discount Mass Merchandisers

         The Economic Impact of Wal-Mart Supercenters on Existing Businesses in Mississippi

         2001 Iowa County Retail Surplus or Leakage

         2001 Iowa County Retail Surplus or Leakage Map

         Trends for Iowa Retail Businesses, 1976-2003

         Threshold Levels for Selected Retail & Service Businesses in Iowa 1998-1999

         Average Number of Businesses per Town, 1998-1999

         Iowa Retail Market Share of Various Size Towns

         Determining the Market for Your Goods & Services, 1998    (Related Chart)

         For additional information about retailing in Iowa, see the ISU Office of Social and Economic Trends Analysis 

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