Ea Hoppe Blaabæk

Ea Hoppe Blaabæk

Postdoc at University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology


Primary research interests:

› Intergenerational transmissions

› Social stratification

› Cultural consumption (reading in particular)

› Applied microeconometrics

› Child development

Current project (postdoc)

Based on unique registry data on library takeout for the entire Danish population, we study geographic variation in inequality in litterary prefences and behaviors. Forexample, in an in-progess study, we calculate Gini coefficients for library takeout at the municipal level to study (a) the extent of inequality in the distribution of library takeout, (b) geographic variation in this inequality (for adults, youths and families with children) and (c) the extent to which cultural and economic (income) inequality overlap. The project is funded by Spar Nord Fonden (PI: Mads Meier Jæger).

In another in-progress study, we use detailed information on the genre and author of books to study elite distinction in terms book preferences.

Previous project(s)

In my Ph.d. project (2018-2021), I used quantitative methods to study how family and social background shape inequality in children's reading. For example, I used Danish library registry data to study inequality in the quality and quantity of children's books families take out, and how inequality in takeout of E-books developed during the first Covid-19 lockdown (paper). Based on U.S. survey data, I showed how inequality in children's reading grows across childhood because the effect of (unequal) cultural inputs builds up as children age (paper). Project funded by the Velux Foundations (PI: Mads Meier Jæger).