Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Parental Consumption Decisions and Child Health During the Early French Fertility Decline, 1790–1914

  • David R. Weir (a1)
Abstract

This article re-examines the secular improvement in human heights in France. Adult heights reflect consumption as children, so the distribution of resources between children and adults, determined primarily within households, should have influenced heights. The intrahousehold distribution of resources was influenced by the level of income and by the calorie demands of working adults. Results show that the early decline of marital fertility in France was accompanied by a small but significant increase in expenditures on child quality as measured by heights. Reductions in mortality, independent of the level of food intake, also contributed to improved heights.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Parental Consumption Decisions and Child Health During the Early French Fertility Decline, 1790–1914
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Parental Consumption Decisions and Child Health During the Early French Fertility Decline, 1790–1914
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Parental Consumption Decisions and Child Health During the Early French Fertility Decline, 1790–1914
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Jean-Paul Aron , Paul Dumont , and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie , Anthropologie du conscrit français d'après les comptes numériques et sommaires du recrutement de l'armée (1819–1826) (Paris, 1972).

Jere Behrman , and Anil Deolalikar , “Health and Nutrition,” in Hollis Chenery and T. N. Srinivasan , eds., Handbook of Development Economics (Amsterdam, 1988), vol. 1, pp. 631711.

Henk-Jan Brinkman , J. W. Drukker , and B. Slot , “Height and Income: A New Method for the Estimation of Historical National Income Series,” Explorations in Economic History, 25 (031988), pp. 227–64.

Marie-Claude Chamla , “L'accroissement de la stature en France de 1880 à 1960: Comparaison avec les pays d'Europe occidentale,” Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société d' Anthropologie de Paris, 6, 11th série (04061964), pp. 201–78.

Jacques Houdaille , “La taille des français au début du XIXe siècle,” Population, 25 (11121970), pp. 1297–98.

Sheila Ryan Johannson , and Carl Mosk , “Exposure, Resistance and Life Expectancy: Disease and Death during the Economic Development of Japan, 1900–1960,” Population Studies, 41 (011987), pp. 207–35.

Joel Mokyr , “Economics, History, and Human Biology,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 36 (041988), pp. 559–64.

Gilles Postel-Vinay , and Jean-Marc Robin , “Eating, Working, and Saving in an Unstable World: Consumers in Nineteenth-Century France,” Economic History Review, 45 (081992), pp. 494513.

Samuel H. Preston , Mortality Patterns in National Populations (New York, 1976).

Lars Sandberg , and Richard Steckel , “Overpopulation and Malnutrition Rediscovered: Hard Times in 19th-century Sweden,” Explorations in Economic History, 25 (011988), pp. 119.

Richard Steckel , “Height and Per Capita Income,” Historical Methods, 16 (011983), pp. 17.

John Strauss , “Does Better Nutrition Raise Farm Productivity?Journal of Political Economy, 94 (031986), pp. 297320.

Michiel Alexander van Meerten , “Développement économique et stature en France, XIXe–XXe siècles,” Annales: ESC, 45 (05061990), pp. 755–77.

Kenneth W. Wachter , “Graphical Estimation of Military Heights,” Historical Methods, 14 (Winter1981), pp. 3142.

Kenneth Wachter , and James Trussell , “Estimating Historical Heights,” Journal of the American Statistical Association, 77 (061982), pp. 279–93.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Journal of Economic History
  • ISSN: 0022-0507
  • EISSN: 1471-6372
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-economic-history
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score