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Long run trends in the heights of European men, 19th-20th centuries

Hatton, Timothy; Bray, Bernice


This paper presents 5-yearly data on the height of young adult men in 15 Western European countries for birth cohorts from the middle of the 19th to the end of the 20th century. The results indicate that from the 1870s to the 1970s average height increased by around 11 cm, or more than 1 cm per decade. The main finding is that for the northern and middle European groups of countries the gains in height were most rapid in the period 1911-15 to 1951-55, a period that embraced two World Wars and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Economics and Human Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2010.03.001


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