Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26234
Authors: 
Baten, Jörg
Böhm, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
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

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