Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73117
Authors: 
Dalgaard, Carl-Johan
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Universität Hannover 494
Abstract: 
We hypothesize that the timing of the fertility transition is an important determinant of comparative physiological development. In support, we provide a model of long-run growth, which elucidates the links between population size, average body size and income during development. Industrialization is shown to be accompanied by a reduction in family size and an intensi cation of nutrition per child. Early transition countries are therefore expected to be more developed today, economically and physiologically. Empirically, the timing of the fertility transition is strongly correlated with average body size across countries.
Subjects: 
unified growth theory
body size
fertility
nutrition
JEL: 
O11
I12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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