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Height and Economic Development in Italy, 1730–1980

In this paper I review evidence on the long-run relation between height and economic development in Italy. I ask three questions: What are the long-run trends of mean height and real incomes in Italy? What do we know about height dispersion? What other aspects of the distribution of height changed with economic development?

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 108.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jul 2008
Date of revision: 10 Jul 2008
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:108
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  1. Richard H. Steckel, 1995. "Stature and the Standard of Living," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 33(4), pages 1903-1940, December.
  2. Carlos Bozzoli & Angus S. Deaton & Climent Quintana-Domeque, 2007. "Child Mortality, Income and Adult Height," NBER Working Papers 12966, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  5. Brian A’Hearn & Franco Peracchi & Giovanni Vecchi, 2007. "Living standards and the distribution of heights: Italy, 1855-1910," Working Papers 229, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Health and Wellbeing..
  6. A'Hearn, Brian, 2003. "Anthropometric Evidence on Living Standards in Northern Italy, 1730 1860," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 63(02), pages 351-381, June.
  7. Arcaleni, Emilia, 2006. "Secular trend and regional differences in the stature of Italians, 1854-1980," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 24-38, January.
  8. Federico, Giovanni, 2003. "Heights, calories and welfare: a new perspective on Italian industrialization, 1854-1913," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 1(3), pages 289-308, December.
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