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International Migration and Net Nutrition in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: Evidence from Prison Records

Scott A. Carson

No 9411, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: In migration studies, immigrant health is a concern before, during, and after migration. This study uses a large late 19th and early 20th century data set of over 20 US prisons to assess migrant net nutrition. Native-born individuals were taller and had the lowest BMIs. International immigrants had lower BMIs and shorter statures. After controlling for other characteristics, native-born females had lower BMIs than men; however, foreign-born women’s’ BMIs were higher than domestic-born women. Females and males with darker complexions had greater BMIs than their counterparts with fairer complexions.

Keywords: nineteenth century US health; immigrant health; BMI; malnourishment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I31 J31 J70 N31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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