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Health, height, and the household at the turn of the twentieth century

Bailey, Roy E and Hatton, Timothy J and Inwood, Kris (2016) Health, height, and the household at the turn of the twentieth century. UNSPECIFIED. Wiley.

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This article examines the health and height of men born in England and Wales in the 1890s who enlisted in the army at the time of the First World War, using a sample of recruits from the army service records. These are linked to their childhood circumstances as observed in the 1901 census. Econometric results indicate that height on enlistment was positively related to socio-economic class, and negatively to the number of children in the household in 1901 and the proportion of household members who were earners, as well as to the degree of crowding. Adding the characteristics of the locality has little effect on the household-level effects. However local conditions were important; in particular the industrial character of the district, local housing conditions, and the female illiteracy rate. These are interpreted as representing the negative effect on height of the local disease environment. The results suggest that changing conditions at both household and locality levels contributed to the increase in height and health in the following decades.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: I12; J13; N33; health in Britain; heights of recruits; household structure
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 09:07
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:39

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