Stature, Living Standards, and Economic Development
Essays in Anthropometric History
Analyzing the differences in physical stature by social group, gender, age, provenance, and date and place of birth, these essays illuminate urban and rural differences in well-being, explore the effects of market integration on previously agricultural societies, contrast the experiences of several segments of society, and explain the proximate causes of downturns and upswings in well-being. Particularly intriguing is the researchers' conclusion that the environment of the New World during this period was far more propitious than that of Europe, based on data showing that European aristocrats were in worse health than even the poorest members of American society.
Introduction: Growth in Height as a Mirror of the Standard of Living, James M. Tanner
1: The Heights of Europeans since 1750: A New Source for European Economic History
2: The Height of Schoolchildren in Britain, 1900-1950
3: The Heights of the British and the Irish c. 1800-1815: Evidence from Recruits to the East India Company's Army
Joel Mokyr, Cormac O Grada.
4: The Standard of Living in Scotland, 1800-1850
5: Stature, Welfare, and Economic Growth in Nineteenth-Century Spain: The Case of Murcia
Jose M. Martinez Carrion
6: The Height of Runaway Slaves in Colonial America, 1720-1770
7: Health and Nutrition in the American Midwest: Evidence from the Height of Ohio National Guardsmen, 1850-1910
Richard H. Steckel, Donald R. Haurin.
8: How Severe was the Great Depression? Evidence from the Pittsburgh Region
9: Heights and Health in the United States, 1710-1950
Richard H. Steckel
10: The Level of Living in Japan, 1885-1938: New Evidence
Comment, Stanley Engerman
On the Significance of Anthropometric History, John Komlos