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The Effects on Stature of Poverty, Family Size and Birth Order: British Children in the 1930s

Hatton, Timothy; Martin, Richard M.

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This article examines the effects of socio-economic conditions on the standardized heights and body mass index (BMI) of children in Interwar Britain, using the Boyd Orr cohort, a survey of predominantly poor families taken in 1937-9. We examine the trade-off between child quality (in the form of health outcomes) and the number of children in the family. We find that birth order and family size have negative effects on the heights of children, but not on their BMI. Household income per capita...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/18701
Source: Oxford Economic Papers
DOI: 10.1093/oep/gpp034

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