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Infant Mortality and the Health of Survivors: Britain 1910-1950

Hatton, T (2010) Infant Mortality and the Health of Survivors: Britain 1910-1950. UNSPECIFIED. CEPR Discussion Papers.

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Abstract

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 I find no evidence for the selection effect but 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 centimeter per decade in the first half of the twentieth century.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: health in Britain; heights of children; infant mortality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 13:02
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3246

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