Beyond villerme and quetelet: The quantitative relation between sex- and age-specific height and real per capita income

Jan W. Drukker, Michiel A. Van Meerten

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Abstract

The quantitative relationship between sex- and age-specific height and real per capita income is tested in this paper for the case of France for the period 1815-1986, and for the case of Italy for the years 1861-1973.1 Such a model was first developed by Brinkman, Drukker and Slot in 1985 on the basis of data on the heights of Dutch conscripts in the first decennia of the twentieth century. 2 It is demonstrated that the original model, derived from time-series covering less than half a century, still holds when it is tested against yearly data of two different countries, covering a timespan of more than a century and a half. The results of the research, summarized in this pape~ suggest that data on height can be used as estimators for changes in material well-being over time. Furthermore, timeseries of real per capita income can be used to fill in gaps where information on the development of height is missing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Biological Standard of Living on Three Continents
Subtitle of host publicationFurther Explorations in Anthropometric History
EditorsJohn Komlos
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages25-57
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781000243000
ISBN (Print)0813320550, 9780367290351
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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