Despite recent advances in our understanding of the genetic basis of human behavior, little of this work has penetrated into formal demography. Very few demographers worry about how biological processes might affect voluntary behavior choices that have demographic consequences even though behavioral geneticists have documented genetics effects on variables such as parenting and divorce. Offspring: Human Fertility Behavior in Demographic Perspective brings together leading researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to review the state of research in this emerging field and to identify promising research directions for the future.
"The contents of this book draw upon several disciplines, ranging from molecular biology to socioeconomic modeling. Together, they achieve the impressive feat of conveying a lot of information about the many facets of reproductive behavior while keeping the reader interested in finding an answer to the paradox. It is beyond the scope of this review to discuss each chapter individually, but I found them all to be of good quality and appropriate for inclusion within the book. ...several chapters provide the non-expert with excellent introductions to the field under review... In summary, Offspring is an excellent book."
-- Journal of Sex Research, February 1, 2004