EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Height in eighteenth-century Chilean men: Evidence from military records, 1730–1800s

Llorca-Jaña, Manuel, Navarrete-Montalvo, Juan, Federico Droller () and Araya-Valenzuela, Roberto

Economics & Human Biology, 2018, vol. 29, issue C, 168-178

Abstract: This article provides the first height estimates for the adult population for any period of Chilean history. Based on military records, it gives an analysis of the average heights of male soldiers in the last eight decades of the colonial period, c.1730–1800s. The average height of Chilean men was around 167 centimetres, making them on average taller than men from Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela, but of a similar height to men from Sweden. However, Chilean men were clearly shorter than men in neighbouring Argentina, the USA and the UK. Chilean height remained stable during the 1740–1770s, but it declined by some 2–3 centimetres between the 1780 s and the 1800s, in line with a fall in real wages due to increasing food prices and population growth.

Keywords: Biological standard of living; Physical stature; Height; Chile; Anthropometric history; Eighteenth century (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I12 I31 J15 N36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1570677X1730165X
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:29:y:2018:i:c:p:168-178

Access Statistics for this article

Economics & Human Biology is currently edited by J. Komlos, Inas R Kelly and Joerg Baten

More articles in Economics & Human Biology from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-02
Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:29:y:2018:i:c:p:168-178