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Indonesian regional welfare development, 1900–1990: New anthropometric evidence

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  • Foldvari, Peter
  • van Leeuwen, Bas
  • Marks, Daan
  • Gall, Jozsef

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The study of heights provides a promising approach to a better understanding of the biological welfare of countries and regions for which conventional economic data are relatively sparse. This paper is based on a dataset previously unexploited: the individual records of nearly 10,000 Indonesian men conscripted into the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) used together with individual data on another 10,000 Indonesians, recorded as part of the Indonesian Family Life Surveys (IFLS). These two sets of records provide the height and place of birth of members of birth cohorts spanning nearly the entire 20th century.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

Volume (Year): 11 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 78-89

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:11:y:2013:i:1:p:78-89

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Keywords: Indonesia; Heights; Income inequality; Regional development;

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