My general research interests include social stratification and policy; race, class, and gender inequality; credit and labor markets; economic sociology; organizations; and quantitative and qualitative methods. If you were to ask me about my area, I’d likely tell you that I study social stratification and policy with several research projects that fall under this broad area.

By studying wealth inequality, household structures, and disability discrimination, especially as shaped by race, gender, family, and disability, I aim to push stratification research to incorporate novel areas, new resources, and different groups.

Within these areas, I divide my on-going research into projects focused on wealth inequality, credit markets, and economic insecurity and projects that address labor market inequality and discrimination. The former includes research on the causes and consequences of bankruptcy, wealth disparities across groups in the United States and Canada, the growing importance of family support for debt management, and credit market outcomes for formerly incarcerated persons. The latter investigates labor market inequality with a focus on people with disabilities and the effects of parenthood on earnings for baby boomer and millennial women in the United States.

Below I highlight some of my research in each of these areas. Please see my CV for a full list of publications.


Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2019. “Sharing or Limiting the Wealth? Coresidence with Adult Children and Its Relationship with Net Worth in Canada.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 40(1): 102-116. *Preprint*

Maroto, Michelle Lee, David Pettinicchio, and Andrew Patterson. 2019. “Hierarchies of Categorical Disadvantage: Incorporating Disability into Intersectional Analyses of Economic Insecurity.” Gender & Society 33(1): 64-93. *Preprint*

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2018. “Sharing, Saving, or Spending? The Wealth Effects of Raising Children.” Demography 55(6): 2257-2282. *Preprint*

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2017. “When the Kids Live at Home: Coresidence, Parental Assets, and Economic Insecurity.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(4): 1041-1059. *Preprint*

Maroto, Michelle Lee and Laura Aylsworth. 2017. “Assessing the Relationship between Gender, Household Structure, and Net Worth in the United States.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues (Online First) 1-16.

Pettinicchio, David and Michelle Lee Maroto. 2017. “How Gender and Disability Status Intersect to Shape Labor Market Outcomes.” Research in Social Science and Disability 10: 3-33.

Maroto, Michelle and Laura Aylsworth. 2016. “Catching Up or Falling Behind? Continuing Wealth Disparities for Immigrants to Canada by Region of Origin and Cohort.” Canadian Review of Sociology 53(4): 374-408.

Sykes, Bryan L., and Michelle Maroto. 2016. “A Wealth of Inequalities: Mass Incarceration, Employment, and Racial Disparities in Household Wealth, U.S. 1996-2011.” Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(6): 129-152.

Maroto, Michelle. 2016. “Growing Farther Apart: Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Household Wealth Across the Distribution.” Sociological Science 3: 801-824.

Maroto, Michelle. 2016. “Fifteen Years of Wealth Disparities in Canada: New Trends or Simply the Status Quo?” Canadian Public Policy 42(2): 152-167.

Maroto, Michelle Lee, and David Pettinicchio. 2015. “Twenty-five Years After the ADA: Situating Disability in America’s System of Stratification.” Disability Studies Quarterly 35(3).

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2015. “Pathways into Bankruptcy: Accumulating Disadvantage and the Consequences of Adverse Life Events.” Sociological Inquiry 85(2): 183-21

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2015. “The Absorbing Status of Incarceration and Its Relationship with Wealth Accumulation.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 31(2): 207-236.

Maroto, Michelle, and David Pettinicchio. 2014. “Disability, Structural Inequality, and Work: The Influence of Occupational Segregation on Earnings for People with Different Disabilities.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 38: 76-92.

Maroto, Michelle, and David Pettinicchio. 2014. “The Limitations of Disability Antidiscrimination Legislation: Policymaking and the Economic Wellbeing of People with Disabilities.” Law & Policy 36(4): 370-407.

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2012. “The Scarring Effects of Bankruptcy: Cumulative Disadvantage Across Credit and Labor Markets.” Social Forces 91(1): 99-130.

Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2011. “Professionalizing Body Art: A Marginalized Occupational Group’s Use of Professionalization Strategies to Formalize Control.” Work and Occupations 38: 101-138.

Reskin, Barbara F., and Michelle L. Maroto. 2011. “What Trends? Whose Choices? : Comment on England.” Gender & Society 25(1): 81-87.

Williamson, John B., Howling, Stephanie A., and Maroto, Michelle L. 2006. “The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Russia: Why Partial Privatization?” Journal of Aging Studies 20: 165-175.


Maroto, Michelle Lee. 2015. “Perspectives on Post-Secondary Education in Alberta: Results fromt the 2014 Alberta Survey.” Report for thePopulation Research Laboratory. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. prl/easdata/ResearchBrief-PostSecEduc.pdf

Maroto, Michelle L., and Richard N. Brandon. 2012. “Background Data on the ECCE Workforce.” The Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities. Commissioned paper prepared for the IOM Committee on the ECCE Workforce. The National Academies Press. Washington, DC.

Maroto, Michelle Lee, and Brian Serafini. 2012 “Deeper Cuts, Greater Scars: Inequality in Reemployment Outcomes for Workers During the Great Recession.” Report for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL ETA).

Brandon, Richard N., T.J. Stutman, and Michelle Maroto. 2010. “The Economic Value of Early Care and Education in the U.S.,” in Weiss, E. and R. Brandon, The Economic Value of the U.S. Early Childhood Sector. Washington, DC: Partnership for America’s Economic Success.


Brown, Robyn, Michelle Maroto, and David Pettinicchio, eds. Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Disability. Under contract with Oxford University Press. Expected publication date, Summer 2021.

Maroto, Michelle Lee and Meryn Severson. “Housing Trajectories and the Transition to Adulthood among Canadian Young Adults.”

Pettinicchio, David and Michelle Lee Maroto. “The Universalizing Effects of Unionism: Policy, Inequality, and Disability.”

Maroto, Michelle Lee and David Pettinicchio. “Taking “Stock”: Disability, Cumulative Disadvantage, and Wealth Disparities in Canada.”

Maroto, Michelle Lee and Maura McDowell*. “The Myth of an Immigrant Advantage: Wealth Disparities among Canadian Landed Immigrants, 1999-2012.”


SSHRC Insight Grant with David Pettinicchio (April 2015), “Employment Discrimination in Hiring People with Disabilities: An Audit Study” (#435-2015-0382, $177,253)

SSHRC Insight Development Grant (June 2014), “Wealth Disparities across Groups in Canada and the United States: Who Gets Ahead and Who Falls Behind?” (#430-2014-00092, $63,025)

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