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Underground Consumption

Michael Pisani ()

Chapter 4 in Consumption, Informal Markets, and the Underground Economy, 2013, pp 76-100 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract The focus of this chapter is on the individual and collective household consumption of underground goods across three risk profiles—low risk, medium risk, and high risk—in the South Texas borderlands. I find that the rate of consumption of underground goods is inversely related to their risk. At the lowest level of risk, nearly two-thirds of respondents have purchased a bundle of unauthorized goods such as pirated music, software, and movies. Where the risk is most elevated, few engage in the consumption of goods such as the unauthorized purchase of guns, the use of human smugglers (coyotes), or the unauthorized employment of body guards. This chapter also details and models the determinants of unauthorized goods consumption within the South Texas borderlands milieu.

Keywords: Underground Consumption; South Texas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137333124_4

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