Nineteenth Century Biological Conditions on the High Central Plains

28 Pages Posted: 7 May 2012

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Scott A. Carson

University of Texas of the Permian Basin; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: April 30, 2012

Abstract

Little work has been done on the biological conditions for the US Central Plains. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, black and white statures in Nebraska increased with economic development, indicating that biological conditions improved as Nebraska’s output market and agricultural sectors embedded. Illustrating the importance of rural environments with stature growth, farm laborers were taller than common laborers. Urbanization and industrialization were significant in stature variation, and closer proximity to trade routes and waterways were inversely related with statures in Nebraska.

Keywords: agricultural development, black and white biological conditions

JEL Classification: J150, J700, I200, I310, N310

Suggested Citation

Carson, Scott A., Nineteenth Century Biological Conditions on the High Central Plains (April 30, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3807, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2053035

Scott A. Carson (Contact Author)

University of Texas of the Permian Basin ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Germany

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