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Title:Trends of children's height and parental unemployment: a large-scale anthropometric study on Eastern Germany, 1994 - 2006 PDF Logo
Authors:Baten, Jörg
Böhm, Andreas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2189
Abstract:The average height of children is an indicator for the quality of nutrition and health care. Heights have never declined over longer time spans in Eastern Germany since 1880 – except for the most recent period 1997-2006. In the Eastern German Land of Brandenburg, a data set of 253,050 pre-school height measurements was compiled and complemented with information on parents’ schooling and employment status. Unemployment might have negative psychological effects, with impact on health care. Both a panel analysis of districts and an assessment at the individual level yield the result that increasing unemployment was in fact the major driving force.
Subjects:height
unemployment
Eastern Germany
welfare measurement
JEL:E24
H53
I12
I32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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