Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00pm to 1:00pmVirtual Event
Emily Taylor Poppe
Assistant Professor of Law, UCI Law
Civil procedure, the legal profession, law and society, empirical legal studies
Megan Doherty Bea
Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology
Consumer finance, financial well-being, socioeconomic and financial inequality
Professor Poppe will be presenting her paper (co-authored with Professor Bea), “Marginalized Legal Categories: Social Inequality, Family Structure, and the Laws of Intestacy.”
Social classifications are increasingly interrelated, far-reaching, and consequential for socioeconomic outcomes. We develop the concept of marginalized legal categories to describe individuals or groups who are disadvantaged by social classification within the law, employing intestacy laws as an illustration. Using the Survey of Consumer Finances, we find that more than 21 percent of Americans are marginalized by intestacy classifications, with marginalization more common among individuals of color and those with less wealth. Yet, many such individuals hold assets and lack access to intestacy-avoidance mechanisms, giving consequence to the application of these laws. We conclude by discussing implications of legal classification for inequality.
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