Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/61045
Authors: 
Carson, Scott A.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper: Labour Markets 3890
Abstract: 
Much has been written about 19th century African American and white statures and body mass index values. However, little is known about their physical activity and calories required to sustain height and weight. This paper considers two alternative measures for biological conditions that address physical activity and available calories: basal metabolic rate and energy accounting. African-Americans had greater BMRs and required more calories per day than whites. Farmers and unskilled workers were in better physical condition and required more calories per day than workers in white-collar and skilled occupations. Nineteenth century BMRs and calories were greater in rural locations where greater physical activity was required and more calories were available.
Subjects: 
nutrition
energy accounting
Basal Metabolic Rate
US economic development
JEL: 
Q10
Q19
N11
N51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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