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The development and inequality of heights in North, West, and East India 1915–1944

Guntupalli, Aravinda Meera and Baten, Joerg (2006). The development and inequality of heights in North, West, and East India 1915–1944. Explorations in Economic History, 43(4) pp. 578–608.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eeh.2005.05.005
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Abstract

In this study, we trace the development of height and its distribution in India during 1915–1944. Heights of North, West, and East Indians grew very slowly. Although for this period it has been argued that income inequality declined, we reject our working hypothesis that height inequality declined in parallel with income inequality. In fact, height differences were low during the influenza/famine period of 1918–1920, and the Great Depression period. With the growing openness of the late 1920s, we observe a temporary rise in height inequality. The overall level of height inequality is lower than expected for Indian society that is influenced by a rigid caste system.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Elsevier Inc.
ISSN: 0014-4983
Keywords: stature; heights; biological welfare; India; Great Depression; inequality; influenza; caste; real wages
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 46348
Depositing User: Aravinda Guntupalli
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 12:53
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46348
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