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Heights of Native-Born Whites During the Antebellum Period

  • Robert A. Margo (a1) and Richard H. Steckel (a1)

This paper uses data on height by age drawn from Civil War muster rolls to analyze the nutritional status of the native-born white population during the antebellum period. Preliminary regression results reveal significant differences in adult heights across occupations, regions, urban-rural and migrant status, and birth cohorts. The economic and demographic implications of these findings are also explored.

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Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman , eds., Secular Trends in Nutrition, Labor Welfare, and Labor Productivity, special issue of Social Science History, 6 (Fall 1982).

Richard H. Steckel , “Height and Per Capita Income,” Historical Methods, 16 (Winter1983).

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

Robert W. Fogel , “The Economics of Mortality in North America, 1650–1910: A Description of a Research Project,” Historical Methods, 11 (Spring1978), 75108, and the literature cited therein.

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The Journal of Economic History
  • ISSN: 0022-0507
  • EISSN: 1471-6372
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