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Welcome to my website. I am Professor of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen.


My research revolves around social stratification and mobility, lifestyles, and applied econometrics. I have published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces.


I'm interested in understanding patterns of social stratification and mobility, the learning environments we provide for our children, why people adopt different cultural lifestyles, and why pretty people fare well in life. To address these issues, I collect survey data (e.g., on identical and fraternal twins' cultural tastes) and analyze data from administrative registers (e.g, on the library takeout of the entire population of Denmark). I also run survey experiments to test causal hypotheses, for example the hypothesis having a "highbrow" lifestyles makes others think you're posh, smart, and likeable. 


I am a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and received the EliteForsk award in 2020. I am currently member of the Presidency for Rådet for Børns Læring and Coordinator for External Funding at my department. I was member of the Independent Research Fund Denmark in the period 2015-2020.


Above all, I am a proud father of two. In my spare time, I enjoy analog photography, music, and a good run. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in my work. My Twitter handle is @MadsJaeger