Is the US Economy Strong OR Not?
By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA
Workers in the Shadows
But, there may be another explanation for why consumers keep spending more despite higher payroll taxes and more pain at the gas pump.
Edgar Feige PhD Speaks
That reason is a thriving shadow economy, estimated to have reached as much as $2 trillion last year, according to a study (.pdf file) co-written by Edgar Feige, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A shadow economy is one where workers turn to employment that pays under-the-table. While that sometimes includes illegal activity, such as drug dealing, much of the shadow economy today appears to be in areas like service work such as babysitting; medicine, eye, foot and dental care; and working construction jobs for cash.
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And so, are new medical practice business models like retainer and concierge medicine, direct/private pay, or cash care more or less prone to participation in the underground healthcare economy?
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