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

Hatton, Timothy

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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...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHatton, Timothy
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:21:47Z
dc.identifier.issn0013-0117
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/20200
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.publisherEconomic History Society
dc.sourceEconomic History Review
dc.subjectKeywords: health status; historical perspective; infant mortality; panel data; twentieth century; article; body height; child; child care; child development; child health care; child welfare; economics; education; ethnology; history; human; infant; infant mortality
dc.titleInfant mortality and the health of survivors: Britain, 1910-50
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume64
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor140208 - Health Economics
local.identifier.absfor140203 - Economic History
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4602557xPUB11
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHatton, Timothy, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3 (2011)
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage951
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage972
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00572.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:12:34Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79958099169
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