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Health, Wealth and Inequality: a Contribution to the Debate about the Relationship between Inequality and Health

  • Scott A. Carson
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    The relationship between material inequality and health is the subject of considerable debate, and may depend on how the relationship is defined. This paper uses stature as its measure for cumulative health outcomes to illustrate that the 19th century relationship between material inequality and health was negative; greater average state wealth was associated with taller individual statures. The paper also proposes and supports a bio-spatial relationship between the environment and stature.

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    Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2256.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2256
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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.
    2. R. Rees & John Komlos & Ngo V. Long & Ulrich Woitek, 2003. "Optimal food allocation in a slave economy," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 21-36, 02.
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