Height and Per Capita Income

24 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2000 Last revised: 30 May 2021

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Richard H. Steckel

Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: April 1982


As an aid to interpreting the results of height-by-age studies this paper investigates the relationship between average height and per capita income. The relationships among income, nutrition, medical care, and height at the individual level suggest that average height is nonlinearly related to per capita income and that the distribution of income is an important determinant of average height. Empirical analysis rests on 56 height studies and per capita income estimates for 20 developed or developing countries.

Suggested Citation

Steckel, Richard H., Height and Per Capita Income (April 1982). NBER Working Paper No. w0880, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=233738

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