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Assessing the effects of autarchic policies on the biological well-being: Analysis of deviations in cohort male height in the Valencian Community (Spain) during Francoist regime

Antonio D. Cámara, Javier Puche and José Martínez-Carrión ()

Social Science & Medicine, 2021, vol. 273, issue C

Abstract: This article aims to assess the impact of autarchic policies on the biological dimensions of human well-being during Francoist regime in Spain. This is done by examining the nutritional status of the population through the study of male adult heights. Our case study is the Valencian Community with the focus on the period 1940–59 which witnessed the implementation of such policies. The heights of 21-year old draftees born between 1900 and 1954 from nine municipalities (N = 87,510) were analyzed in the light of inter-cohort deviations from a secular trend established for cohorts that were not exposed to autarchy-related hardships. Height was regressed on infant mortality as a way to control for infection and therefore approach the net effect of nutrition on height outcomes.

Keywords: Biological well-being; Food insecurity; Food policies; Nutritional status; Cohort height; Infant mortality; Autarchy; Spain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113771

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