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GDP per capita and the biological standard of living in contemporary developing countries

  • Brinkman, Henk-Jan
  • Drukker, J.W.
  • Slot, Brigitte

    (Groningen University)

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    This paper investigates whether a divergence between the biological standard of living (commonly measured by some anthropometric indicator) and GDP per capita during the early phases of industrialization, as observed for many now-developed countries in the nineteenth century, can also be found for the current developing countries. The paper examines whether such a divergence exists and which factors might explain its possible existence. We conclude that there is not much evidence for such a divergence. However, there is considerable variance by such factors as the infant mortality rate in addition to GDP per capita.

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    Paper provided by Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen in its series GGDC Research Memorandum with number 199735.

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    Date of creation: 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:rugggd:199735
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