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Unravelling the genetic influences of reproductive behaviour and gene-environment interaction




2016 and Advance Access Publications

  • Barban N, et. al. and M.C. Mills (2016) Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior. Nature Genetics, doi: 10.1038/ng.3698 Press release; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); Data

  • Curtiol A., Tropf, F.C and M.C. Mills (2016) When genes and environment disagree: Making sense of trends in recent human evolution. PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608532113 paper

  • Briley, D., F.C. Tropf, M.C.Mills (forthcoming). “What explains the heritability of completed fertility? Evidence from Two large Twin Studies,” Behaviour Genetics, doi:10.1007/s10519-016-9805-3

  • Stulp, G., R. Sear, M.Mills, L. Barrett. (forthcoming). The reproductive ecology of industrial societies: the association between wealth and fertility, Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective

  • Mehta, D. et al. (2016). Evidence for genetic overlap between schizophrenia and age at first birth in women. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(3):193-194. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2964.paper

  • Okbay, A. et al. (2016) Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature Genetics. Published Online 18 April 2016, doi:10.1038/ng.3552 paper

  • ​Mills, M .and F. Tropf (2016). The biodemography of fertility: A review and future research frontiers, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Special Issue on Demography 67: 397-424 paper

  • Stulp, G., R. Sear, M.C. Mills, L. Barrett. (forthcoming). The reproductive ecology of industrial societies: the association between wealth and fertility, Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective

  • Täht, K. & M. Mills. (2016). Out of Time. The Consequences of Non-standard Employment Schedules for Family Cohesion. New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7402-4

  • Mills, M.C. & P. Präg. (2016). Methodological Advances in Cross-National Research: Multilevel Challenges and Solutions, European Sociological Review, 32(1): doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw009

  • Präg, P., M. Mills & R.P.M. Wittek. (2016). Subjective Socioeconomic Status and Health in Cross-National Comparison, Social Science & Medicine, 149: 84-92. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.044.

  • Potârcă, G., M. Mills & M. van Duijn. (forthcoming). The Choices and Constraints of Secondary Singles. Willingness to Stepparent among Divorced Online Daters across Europe, Journal of Family Issues, doi: 10.1177/0192513X16631017

  • Visser, M., L. Heyse, M.Mills & R.P.M. Wittek (forthcoming) Enabling work life balance in an unbalanced environment: Job autonomy and trust in management among humanitarian aid expatriates. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/0899764016634890


  • Stulp, G., Barrett, L., Tropf, F.C., Mills, M. (2015). Does natural selection favour taller stature among the tallest people on earth? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150211 paper

  • F. C. Tropf, G. Stulp, N. Barban, P. M. Visscher, J. Yangd, H. Snieder, M. Mills (2015). “Human Fertility, Molecular Genetics, and Natural Selection in Modern Societies” PLOS ONE 10(6): e0126821.paper

  • F. C. Tropf, N. Barban, H. Snieder, M. Mills, J.J. Mandemakers (2015) “A Behavioural Genetic Study of Age at First Birth of Female UK Twins” Population Studies 69(2): 129-145 paper

  • Sironi M., N. Barban and R. Impicciatore (2015), “The Role of Parental Social Class in the Transition to Adulthood,” Advances in Life Course Research 26, 89-104 link

  • Sweeney, M., Castro, T. & M. Mills. (2015). The reproductive context of cohabitation in a comparative perspective, Demographic Research, 32(5): 147-182.paper

  • Potârcă, G., M. Mills & W. Neberich. (2015). Relationship Preferences among Gay and Lesbian Online Daters: Individual and Contextual Influences, Journal of Marriage and Family. Volume 77(2): 523–541.

  • Sweeney, M., Castro, T. & M. Mills. (2015). The reproductive context of cohabitation in a comparative perspective, Demographic Research, 32(5): 147-182.

  • Begall, K., M. Mills & H.B.G. Ganzeboom. (2015). Non-Standard Work Schedules and Childbearing in the Netherlands: A Mixed-Method Couple Analysis, Social Forces, 93(3): 957-988. doi: 10.1093/sf/sou110

  • Korff, V.P., N. Balbo, M. Mills, L. Heyse & R. Wittek. (2015). The impact of humanitarian context conditions and individual characteristics on aid worker retention, Disasters, 39(3): 522–545. doi: 10.1111/disa.12119.

  • Djundeva, M., M. Mills et al. (forthcoming/2015). Receiving Instrumental Support in Late Parent-Child Relationships and Parental Depression, Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu136


  • Stulp, G, Mills, M., T. Pollet and Barrett, L. (2014) “Non-linear associations between stature and mate choice characteristics for American men and their spouses​,” American Journal of Human Biology, 26(4): 530-537. paper

  • N. Balbo and N. Barban, (2014). “Does fertility behavior spread among friends? American Sociological Review, 79(3):412-431 paper

  • N. Barban, “Family trajectories and health: A life course perspective,” (2013) European Journal of Population, 29(4):357-385 link

  • Damman, M., Heyse, L. and M. Mills. (2014). Gender, Occupation, and Promotion to Management in the Nonprofit Sector: The Critical case of MSF Holland, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 25(2): 97-111.

  • Präg, P., M. Mills & R.P.M. Wittek (2014) Income and income inequality as social determinants of health: Do social comparisons play a role? European Sociological Review, 30 (2): 218-229.

  • Ivanova, K., Mills, M. and R. Veenstra (2014). Parental Residential and Partnering Transitions as Triggers of Adolescent Romantic Relationships, Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 465–475

  • Basten, S., Sobotka, T., K. Zeman et al. (2014).** Future Fertility in Low Fertility Countries, In: World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Centur**y, W. Lutz, B. Butz & K.C. Samir (Eds.). Oxford University Press.


  • Balbo, N., Billari, F.C. and Mills, M. (2013). “Fertility in advanced societies: A review​,” European Journal of Population, 29: 1-38. paper

  • Begall, K.H. and M.Mills (2013). The Influence of Educational Field, Occupation and Occupational Sex Segregation on Fertility in the Netherlands, European Sociological Review, 29 (4): 720-742

  • Potârcă, G., Mills, M. and Lesnard, L. (2013). Family formation trajectories in Romania, the Russian Federation and France: Towards the Second Demographic Transition? European Journal of Population, 29: 69-101.

  • Balbo, N., Billari, F.C. and Mills, M. (2013). Fertility in advanced societies: A review, European Journal of Population, 29: 1-38.

  • Mills, M. and H.-P. Blossfeld. (2013). The Second Demographic Transition meets Globalization: A comprehensive theory to understand changes in family formation in an era of uncertainty, in: A. Evans and J. Baxter (eds.) Negotiating the Life Course. New York: Springer.

  • Mills, M. (2013). Globalization and Family Life, In: A. Abela and J. Walker (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World, Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


  • Mooi-Reci, I. and M. Mills (2012). Gender Inequality and Unemployment Reforms: Lessons from twenty years of unemployment insurance benefit experiments, Social Forces, 91(2): 583-608.

  • Täht, K. and M.Mills (2012). Non-standard work schedules and parent-child interaction: A mixed-method couple analysis,Journal of Family Issues, 33(8): 1054-1087.

  • Poortman, A.-R. and M. Mills (2012). Joint investments in marriage and cohabitation: The role of legal and symbolic factors,Journal of Marriage and Family 74(2): 357-376.

  • Ivanova, K., R. Veenstra, and M. Mills. (2012). Who Dates? The Effects of Temperament, Puberty, and Parenting on Early Adolescent Experience with Dating. The TRAILS study, Journal of Early Adolescence. 32(3): 340-363.

  • Mills, M. (2012). Family Systems, Kinship”. In: Anheier, H. and Juergensmeyer, M.(Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies, pp. 554-56. London, UK: Sage Publications.

  • Minello A. and N. Barban, (2012) “The educational expectations of children of immigrants in Italy,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 643(1): 78–103. link

  • Barban N. and F. C. Billari, (2012) “Classifying life course trajectories. A comparison between la- tent class and sequence analysis,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C (Applied Statistics), 61(5):765–784. link


  • Mills, M. (2011). Introducing Survival and Event History Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA/London: Sage. (279 pages).

  • Mills, M., R.R. Rindfuss, P. McDonald and E. te Velde (2011). Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives, Human Reproduction Update, 17(6): 848-860.paper

  • Balbo, N.F.G and M. Mills (2011). Social capital and pressure in fertility decision-making: second and third births in France, Germany and Bulgaria, Population Studies, 65(3): 335-351.

  • Begall, K.H. and M. Mills (2011). The impact of perceived work control, job strain and work-family conflict on fertility intentions: A European comparison, European Journal of Population. 27(4): 433-456.

  • Ivanova, K., M. Mills and R. Veenstra. (2011). The initiation of dating in adolescence: The effect of parental divorce. The TRAILS study, Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(4): 769-775.

  • Balbo, N.F.G. and M. Mills (2011). The influence of the family network on the realization of fertility intentions, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research Vol. 19: 187-215.

  • Wielers, R.J.J. and M.Mills (2011). The Flexibilization of the Dutch Labour Market: The Impact of Globalization on the Life Course and Inequality, In: H.P. Blossfeld, S. Buchholz, D. Hofaecker, K. Kolb (Eds).,Globalized Markets and Social Inequality in Europe. pp. 46-75, New York: Palgrave MacMillan

  • Barban N. and M.J. White, (2011) “Immigrants children`s transition to secondary school in Italy.” International Migration Review, 45(3): 702–726. link