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The sociogenomics of polygenic scores of reproductive behavior and their relationship to other fertility traits


Publication date

Apr 2018


Human reproductive behavior until relatively recently has been explained exclusively via individual and social characteristics. This article applies results from a recent Genome-Wide Association Study that combined sixty-two data sources to isolate twelve genetic loci associated with reproductive behavior. We create polygenic scores that allow us to include a summary variable of genetic factors into our statistical models. We use four datasets: the U.S. Health and Retirement Study, Dutch LifeLines, TwinsUK and the Swedish Twin register. First, we provide a brief overview of the dominant explanations of reproductive behavior. Second, we test the predictive power of polygenic scores. Third, we interrogate the robustness of our models using a series of sensitivity analyses to take into account possible confounders due to population stratification and selection.

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RSF : The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Volume and page numbers

4 , 122 -136




Childbearing: Fertility and Genetics


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Open Access; This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License


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