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Anthropometric measurements by ethnicity in Colombia, 1965–1990

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  • Acosta, Karina
  • Meisel, Adolfo

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We analyzed the evolution of height in Colombia of cohorts born in the period 1965–1990 by ethnic groups. We found that Afro-Colombian men and women were the tallest: 6cm taller than indigenous people and 2cm taller than the rest of the population. We also found that the height gap between Afro-Colombians and others decreased during the period under study by 0.7cm for both men and women. While improvements were noticeable among the Afro-Colombians and those who chose not to be classified by ethnicity, in the case of the indigenous population only female cohorts registered an average-height increase of 1.5cm. Moreover, we found that indigenous Colombians were more likely than other ethnic groups to experience an increase in biological well-being as a consequence of an improvement in their socio-economic status, thereby reducing the average-stature gap between them and the rest of the population by 2.1 and 3.6cm for men and women, respectively.

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  • Acosta, Karina & Meisel, Adolfo, 2013. "Anthropometric measurements by ethnicity in Colombia, 1965–1990," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 416-425.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:11:y:2013:i:4:p:416-425
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2013.03.006
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    1. Jansen, Erica C. & Herrán, Oscar F. & Villamor, Eduardo, 2015. "Trends and correlates of age at menarche in Colombia: Results from a nationally representative survey," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 19(C), pages 138-144.
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    Keywords

    Anthropometry; Biological well-being; Colombia; Ethnicity;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • N36 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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