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Antebellum Puzzle: The Decline in Heights at the Onset of Modern Economic Growth  

Lee A. Craig

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May 2016
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Sep 2015
Since the late 18th century the long-run trend in economic growth—conventionally measured by real gross domestic product, income, and wages—has been positive in the United States and ... More

The Anthropometric History of the Mediterranean World  

Brian A’Hearn

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May 2016
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Sep 2015
Long-run height series for several southern European countries stagnate or decline from the early 18th to the mid-19th century. Read jointly with estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) ... More

The Biological Standard of Living in Europe from the Late Iron Age to the Little Ice Age  

Nikola Koepke

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May 2016
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Jan 2016
This chapter documents human development in the very long run on the basis of anthropometric indicators used as a proxy measure of the biological standard of living. The author explores ... More

Body Mass Index Through Time: Explanations, Evidence, and Future Directions  

Scott Alan Carson

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May 2016
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Feb 2016
Measuring the health of a population during the process of economic development is a principle objective in health economics and economic history, and the body mass index (BMI) plays an ... More

Slave Heights  

Richard H. Steckel

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May 2016
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Jan 2016
The new anthropometric history, which blends human biology with history and economics in a form understandable to a general audience, began in the mid-1970s with the study of important ... More

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