Review of Male Fertility Literature

  • Li Zhang
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 27)


The second chapter of the book reviews existing demographic and sociological literature on male fertility. The chapter classifies previous studies into three major topics, that is, men’s role in fertility decision-making and family planning, comparative studies of men’s and women’s fertility patterns and determinants, and modeling male fertility by constructing two-sex models. Each group of the literature is evaluated based on its merits and limitations. The chapter also discusses the way in which this book fills the voids of prior literature and suggests possible directions for future research. In the end, two levels of analyses are proposed to examine patterns and determinants of male fertility from a gendered perspective to improve existing research on male fertility.


Male Fertility Female Fertility Marriage Market Family Planning Program Male Fertility Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public AffairsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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