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Mads Meier Jæger

Mads Meier Jæger


I am Professor of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. My research revolves around intergenerational mobility, social inequality, and applied microeconometrics. I have published papers on these topics in leading peer-reviewed journals such as American Socologiocal Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. I am member of the Department's research group on Welfare, Inequality and Mobility and am also member of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences.

Current Research

My current research focuses on intergenerational transmissions and how parent-child transmissions of endowments and resources affect overall social inequality. For example, I have used data on monozygotic (or "identical") twins to analyze if the extent to which mothers read to children affect children's academic performance. I am Principal Investigator of a Starting Grant funded by the European Research Council (title: "Understanding Intergenerational Transmissions: A Cross-Disciplinary approach") which, drawing on sociology and economics, attempts to develop a new approach to analyzing intergenerational transmissions.

I have a personal website at provides more information on CV, publications, and ongoing research.

Some of my publications:

Jæger, Mads Meier and Richard Breen. 2016. “A Dynamic Model of Cultural Reproduction.” American Journal of Sociology, 121(4): 1079-1115.

Jæger, Mads Meier. 2012. “The Extended Family and Children’s Educational Success.” American Sociological Review, 77(6): 903-922

Jæger, Mads Meier. 2011. “Does Cultural Capital Really Affect Academic Achievement? New Evidence from Combined Sibling and Panel Data.” Sociology of Education 84(4): 281-298

Jæger, Mads Meier. 2011. "'A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever': Returns to Physical Attractiveness over the Life Course." Social Forces, 89(3): 983-1003

Primære forskningsområder

My primary areas of research include social stratification and mobility, applied microeconometrics, and public opinion. For example, I have analyzed the extent to which children resemble their parents (and grandparents and first cousins) with regard to education and income and why this is so. I have an ongoing project on this topic funded by the European Research Council (2013-2017).

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