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Height, income, and nutrition in the Netherlands: the second half of the 19th century

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  • Jacobs, Jan
  • Tassenaar, Vincent

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This paper explores the relationship between height and its explanatory variables, explicitly paying attention to dynamics involved in the velocity of growth. We establish that the relationship is characterized by a changing lag pattern. We try to illustrate this with recently published data on the nineteenth century for the Netherlands. We find some evidence for changing lag patterns in the relationship between height and some measures of income and nutrition.

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Volume (Year): 2 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 181-195

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:2:y:2004:i:2:p:181-195

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  1. Dinda, Soumyananda & Gangopadhyay, P.K. & Chattopadhyay, B.P. & Saiyed, H.N. & Pal, M. & Bharati, P., 2006. "Height, weight and earnings among coalminers in India," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 342-350, December.
  2. Lindeboom, Maarten & Portrait, France & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2010. "Long-run effects on longevity of a nutritional shock early in life: The Dutch Potato famine of 1846-1847," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 617-629, September.
  3. Richard H. Steckel, 2008. "Heights and Human Welfare: Recent Developments and New Directions," NBER Working Papers 14536, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Martinez-Carrion, Jose-Miguel & Moreno-Lazaro, Javier, 2007. "Was there an urban height penalty in Spain, 1840-1913?," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 5(1), pages 144-164, March.
  5. María-Dolores, Ramón & Martínez-Carrión, José Miguel, 2011. "The relationship between height and economic development in Spain, 1850-1958," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 30-44, January.
  6. Lintsi, Mart & Kaarma, Helje, 2006. "Growth of Estonian seventeen-year-old boys during the last two centuries," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 89-103, January.
  7. Cvrcek, Tomas, 2006. "Seasonal anthropometric cycles in a command economy: The case of Czechoslovakia, 1946-1966," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 317-341, December.

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