Ethnic enterprise informality and entrepreneurship in a minority-majority region in the United States: Latinos in South Texas

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Abstract

By choice and necessity, Latinos engaged in informal entrepreneurship abound in the “minority-majority” region of South Texas. By choice, some South Texans work “off the books” in order to supplement incomes, support families, and improve lifestyles through self-employment. By necessity, many self-employed South Texans scrape together informal work in order to survive. South Texas is an impoverished region populated primarily by Latinos (90%), many of whom are recent immigrants, both documented and undocumented. This chapter explores Latino informal entrepreneurship in the region with a focus on the rationale for business start-up and enterprise persistence. Additional emphases on the changing border context in the “Age of Trump” including public policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformal Ethnic Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Research Paradigms for Creating Innovative Business Activity
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages149-162
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319990644
ISBN (Print)9783319990637
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Business start-up & innovation
  • Ethnic entrepreneurship
  • Latinos
  • Minority-majority region
  • South texas

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