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Longitudinal Studies of Human Growth and Health: A Review of Recent Historical Research

Kris Inwood and Evan Roberts

No 1013, Working Papers from University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract: This paper reviews recent literature using stature and weight as measures of human welfare with a particular interest in cliometric or historical research. We begin with an overview of anthropometric evidence of living standards and the new but fast-growing field of anthropometric history. This literature is always implicitly and often explicitly longitudinal in nature. We then discuss (i) systematic empirical research into the relationship between conditions in early life and later life health and mortality and (ii) historical evidence on the relationship between body mass, morbidity and mortality. We conclude with a discussion of the importance of historical sources and understandings to health economics and population health.

Keywords: Anthropometric history; Biological standard of living; Height; Obesity; Physical stature; Well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J11 N30 N31 N32 N33 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2010
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