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The Secular Trend in the Biological Standard of Living in the United Kingdom, 1730-1860

  • John Komlos

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

Corrects some of the statistical mistakes of previous studies of the trend in the height of British soldiers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Finds that heights decreased substantially in the late-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 19.

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Publication status: published in Economic History Review, 1993, 46, 115-144
Handle: RePEc:ehb:komart:19
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