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Title:Geography and insolation in 19th century US African-American and white statures PDF Logo
Authors:Carson, Scott Alan
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2229
Abstract:The use of height data to measure living standards is now a well-established method in the economic literature. Moreover, while much is known about 19th century black legal and material conditions, less is known about how 19th century institutional arrangements were related to black stature. Although modern blacks and whites reach similar terminal statures when brought to maturity under optimal biological conditions, 19th century African-American statures were consistently shorter than whites, indicating a uniquely 19th century phenomenon may have inhibited black stature growth. It is geography and insolation that present the most striking attribute for 19th century black and statures, and greater insolation is documented here to be associated with taller black and white statures.
Subjects:nineteenth century
African-American and white stature
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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