EDINBURG - Dr. Jose Pagan, assistant professor of Economics and Finance at The University of Texas-Pan American, was recently awarded a $9,900 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research on the underground economics of Mexico.
"I've been working on this study since September, traveling to Monterrey (Mexico) about once or twice a week," Pagan said. "I have been studying exactly how the informal underground economics, or the untaxed sectors in Mexico, have changed in recent years."
Pagan is one of some 2,000 U.S. grantees who will travel to a foreign country for the 1998/99 academic year through the Fulbright program.
"In my studies I have discovered that between 1987 and 1993, the number of employed in the untaxed sectors have decreased from 15 percent to 10 percent," Pagan said. "I'm now trying to find out what impact this drop will have on the overall earnings in Mexico."
Pagan is conducting the study with Dr. Jose A. Tijerina, former director of the Centro de Investigaciones Economicas de la Univisidad Autonoma de Nevo Leon in Monterrey.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the U.S. government. USIA promotes mutual understanding among nations and peoples through a number of educational exchange activities.