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Growing Tall but Unequal: New Findings and New Background Evidence on Anthropometric Welfare in 156 Countries, 1810–1989
Abstract This is the first initiative to collate the entire body of anthropometric evidence during the 19th and 20th centuries, on a global scale. By providing a comprehensive dataset on globalExpand
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Why are you tall while others are short? Agricultural production and other proximate determinants of global heights
We analyze the proximate determinants of the biological standard of living from a global perspective, namely high-quality nutrition and the disease environment during the nineteenth and twentiethExpand
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Trends in Approval Times for Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States and the European Union
Genetically engineered (GE) crops are subject to regulatory oversight to Ensure their safety for humans and the environment. Their approval in the European Union (EU) starts with an application in aExpand
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Government decisions before and during the First World War and the living standards in Germany during a drastic natural experiment
The First World War hit Germany severely, particularly the agricultural sector, because the outbreak came unexpected and its duration exceeded all expectations. Many resources necessary forExpand
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EU Member States’ Voting for Authorizing Genetically Engineered Crops: a Regulatory Gridlock
Several authors suggest a gridlock of the European Union’s (EU’s) approval process for genetically engineered (GE) crops. We analyse the voting behaviour of EU Member States (MSs) for voting resultsExpand
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Human height since 1820
Average height is an important indicator of people’s well-being. It is also a relatively undistorted and easy-to-measure indicator, which makes it particularly suitable for comparisons across timeExpand
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The influence of inequality on the standard of living: worldwide anthropometric evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Matthias Blum
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Economics and human biology
  • 1 December 2013
We provide empirical evidence on the existence of the Pigou-Dalton principle. The latter indicates that aggregate welfare is - ceteris paribus - maximized when incomes of all individuals areExpand
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Cultural and Genetic Influences on the “Biological Standard of Living”
Abstract This study suggests an improvement of a popular measure of living standards, namely the biological standard of living. One influence on it is a population's consumption pattern. Since thereExpand
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Estimating male and female height inequality.
  • Matthias Blum
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Economics and human biology
  • 1 July 2014
This study investigates the coefficient of variation (CV) of height of males and females as a measure of inequality. We have collected a data set on corresponding male and female height CVs from 124Expand
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Empirical Testing of Genuine Savings as an Indicator of Weak Sustainability: A Three-Country Analysis of Long-Run Trends
Genuine Savings has emerged as a widely-used indicator of sustainable development. This approach to conceptualising what sustainability is about has strong links to work published by Anil MarkandyaExpand
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