Review of Economics of the Household

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 39–52 | Cite as

Nineteenth century stature and family size: binding constraint or productive labor force?

  • Scott Alan Carson


A neglected area in historical stature studies is the relationship between stature and family size, which are documented here to be positively related. The relationship between material inequality and heath is the subject of considerable debate, and there was an inverse relationship between material inequality and stature. After controlling for family size and wealth variables, the paper supports a positive relationship between the physical environment and stature.


Family economics Stature Wealth Inequality Insolation Vitamin D 

JEL Classifications

N3 D1 I1 



I appreciate comments from Paul Hodges and Rick Steckel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas, Permian BasinOdessaUSA
  2. 2.University of Münich and CESifoMünichGermany

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