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Access to Food and the Biological Standard of Living: Perspectives on the Nutritional Status of Native Americans

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  • John Komlos

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    (The Institute of Economic History, Department of Economics, University of Munich)

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The Nutritional status of the plains Indians was relatively high because they lived close to a rich supply of proteins: the bison. Same patterns can be observed in other pre- and early-industrial societies.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Munich in its series Articles by John Komlos with number 1.

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Publication status: published in American Economic Review, 2003, 90 (1), 252-255
Handle: RePEc:ehb:komart:1

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Keywords: Biological standard of living; nutritional status; native Americans;

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  1. Bodenhorn, Howard, 1999. "A Troublesome Caste: Height and Nutrition of Antebellum Virginia's Rural Free Blacks," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 59(04), pages 972-996, December.
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  1. Steckel, Richard H., 2009. "Heights and human welfare: Recent developments and new directions," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 1-23, January.
  2. Sunder, Marco, 2013. "The height gap in 19th-century America: Net-nutritional advantage of the elite increased at the onset of modern economic growth," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 245-258.
  3. Jantz, Richard L., 2003. "The anthropometric legacy of Franz Boas," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 277-284, June.
  4. Godoy, Ricardo A. & Goodman, Elizabeth & Levins, Richard & Caram, Mariana & Seyfried, Craig, 2007. "Adult male height in an American colony: Puerto Rico and the USA mainland compared, 1886-1955," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 5(1), pages 82-99, March.
  5. Jörg Baten & Mojgan Stegl & Pierre Eng, 2013. "The biological standard of living and body height in colonial and post-colonial Indonesia, 1770–2000," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 103-122, July.
  6. Sunder, Marco, 2011. "Upward and onward: High-society American women eluded the antebellum puzzle," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 9(2), pages 165-171, March.
  7. John Komlos & Leonard Carlson, 2012. "The Anthropometric History of Native Americans, c. 1820 - 1890," CESifo Working Paper Series 3740, CESifo Group Munich.
  8. Kris Inwood & Les Oxley & Evan Roberts, 2008. "Physical stature and its interpretation in nineteenth century New Zealand," Working Papers in Economics 08/22, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  9. Ozer, Basak Koca, 2007. "Growth reference centiles and secular changes in Turkish children and adolescents," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 280-301, July.

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