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The Introduction of Anthropometrics into Development and Economics


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  • John Komlos
  • Lukas Meermann


We trace the introduction and use of anthropometric indicators (height, weight, body mass index) into development and labor economics in the late 1970s. These biological markers are used as a proxy measure for health human capital, the degree of poverty or malnutrition, net nutritional status, and productive capacity. The use of these indicators has spread rapidly after the 1980s.

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Article provided by Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC) in its journal Historical Social Research (Section 'Cliometrics').

Volume (Year): 32 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 260-270

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Handle: RePEc:afc:histor:v:32:y:2007:i:1:p:260-270

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  1. Peracchi, Franco & Arcaleni, Emilia, 2011. "Early-life environment, height and BMI of young men in Italy," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 251-264, July.
  2. Coclanis, Peter A., 2013. "Pitirim A. Sorokin's early contributions to the development of anthropometric history," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 259-268.


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