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A Malthusian Episode Revisited: The Height of British and Irish Servants in Colonial America

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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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Examines the height of runaway indentured and convict servants in Colonial America. Finds that heights decreased substantially at the middle of the 18th century in keeping with many other findings. The inference is that an incipient Malthusian crisis was threatening the United Kingdom, as it did Continental Europe on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Munich in its series Articles by John Komlos with number 18.

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Publication status: published in Economic History Review, 1993, 46, 768-782
Handle: RePEc:ehb:komart:18

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Keywords: height; Industrial Revolution; Malthusian trap; Colonial America; 18th century;

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Cited by:
  1. Komlos, John & Cinnirella, Francesco, 2005. "European Heights in the Early 18th Century," Discussion Papers in Economics 572, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Roderick Floud & Bernard Harris, 1997. "Health, Height, and Welfare: Britain, 1700-1980," NBER Chapters, in: Health and Welfare during Industrialization, pages 91-126 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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