Consumption, Informal Markets, and the Underground Economy: by Michael J. Pisani (auth.)

By Michael J. Pisani (auth.)

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Those without immigration documents (the undocumented) are more likely to purchase medications informally without a prescription while those who live in upper class neighborhoods and believe purchasing informally is completely wrong are less likely to do so. The odds of using an informal masseuse increases as one is divorced/separated/widowed (perhaps because no spouse is present to perform the same service) and decreases for those who are undocumented. Informal IV users are more likely to be older (56 years or more, probably a reflection of increasing health care needs), educated, and non-US citizens or residents.

US, Mexico) is notable, but not explicitly included in the model. Also particular to the South Texas border are colonias, generally viewed as “important low-income housing areas, the principal characteristics of which are cheaply acquired land, inadequate infrastructure, and self-help dwelling construction” (Ward, 1999, p. 1). Residential location classified as colonia is unique to South Texas and is considered along with ­non-colonia residence in more traditional urban and rural environments.

This book uniquely contextualizes and develops a framework for the study of “off the books” consumption within a particular geographic environment where the incidence of “off the books” activities are heightened. Two books have devoted much attention to the production of the informal and underground economy of South Texas: On the Edge of the Law: Culture, Labor & Deviance on the South Texas Border (Richardson & Resendiz, 2006) and The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border (Richardson & Pisani, 2012).

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