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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

    (Groningen University)

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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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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 03C35.

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Date of creation: 2003
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  1. Richard H. Steckel, 2008. "Heights and Human Welfare: Recent Developments and New Directions," NBER Working Papers 14536, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  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.
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