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Infant mortality and the health of survivors: Britain, 1910-50

Hatton, TJ (2011) 'Infant mortality and the health of survivors: Britain, 1910-50.' Economic History Review, 64 (3). 951 - 972. ISSN 0013-0117

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The first half of the twentieth century saw rapid improvements in the health and height of British children. Average height and health can be related to infant mortality through a positive selection effect and a negative scarring effect. Examining town-level panel data on the heights of school children, no evidence is found for the selection effect, but there is some support for the scarring effect. The results suggest that the improvement in the disease environment, as reflected by the decline in infant mortality, increased average height by about half a centimetre per decade in the first half of the twentieth century. © Economic History Society 2011.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2012 14:15
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:17

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