I am an assistant professor of Consumer Science studying consumer finance and financial well-being. My research is motivated by a desire to understand the causes and consequences of socioeconomic and financial inequality, particularly in the American context. For this work, I bring a sociological perspective informed by law, economics, and geography to examine a range of topics. Recent research topics include financial security among young adults and consumer access to financial services in communities.
Bea, M. D. (2023). Relational foundations of an unequal consumer credit market: Symbiotic ties between banks and payday lenders. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 57(1), 320-345. https://doi.org/10.1111/joca.12501
Bea, M. D., & Bley, K. (2022). (Un)conditional consumer protections in high-cost lending regulation: Impacts on local lending geographies. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 56(4), 1561-1596. https://doi.org/10.1111/joca.12481
Bea, M. D., & Taylor-Poppe, E. S. (2021). Marginalized legal categories: Social inequality, family structure, and the laws of intestacy. Law and Society Review, 55(2), 252-272. https://doi.org/10.1111/lasr.12553
Musick, K., Bea, M. D., & Gonalons-Pons, P. (2020). His and Her Earnings Following Parenthood in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. American Sociological Review, 85(4), 639–674. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122420934430
For a full list of publications, see Bea’s CV.
- Consumer Science
- PhD Human Ecology: Consumer Behavior & Family Economics
- Center for Financial Security
- Center for Demography and Ecology
- Department of Sociology
- Institute for Research on Poverty
- PhD, Sociology, Cornell University
- MA, Sociology, Cornell University
- BA, Economics and French, Bryn Mawr College
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