Campus Units

World Languages and Cultures

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-1-2007

Journal or Book Title

International Journal of Iberian Studies

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

22

DOI

10.1386/ijis.20.1.3_1

Abstract

Within the theoretical framework of Entrepreneurship Studies, this article investigates the thriving immigrant-based street market system in Alicante, Spain. Entrepreneurship research clearly has illustrated that the success of legitimate entrepreneurial endeavours is determined by a complex variety of factors that involve supply and demand, risk vs. return and opportunity vs. need, among others. Based upon field observations, interviews and a detailed survey conducted during the summers of 2005 and 2006, our investigation of the small business street vendor system in Alicante illustrates that these entrepreneurial factors also define and affect the illegal enterprises established by a largely undocumented immigrant population. Despite the apparent simplicity of the street vendor network, both the wholesale and retail systems in Alicante are highly complex and structured, and they work to minimise risk to street entrepreneurs while providing greater economic returns to a large and highly diverse population.

Comments

This accepted article is published as L'Hote, Leland, and Chad Gasta. "Immigration and street entrepreneurship in Alicante, Spain." International Journal of Iberian Studies, 2007 20(1);3-22. DOI: 10.1386/ijis.20.1.3_1. Posted with permission

Copyright Owner

INTELLECT LTD

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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