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Fertility decline and the heights of children in Britain, 1886-1938

Hatton, Timothy; Martin, Richard M.


In this paper we argue that the fertility decline that began around 1880 had substantial positive effects on the health of children, as the quality-quantity trade-off would suggest. We use microdata from a unique survey from 1930s Britain to analyse the relationship at the household level between the standardised heights of children and the number of children in the family. Our results suggest that heights are influenced positively by family income per capita and negatively by the number of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Explorations in Economic History
DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2010.05.003


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