Corpus ID: 8608715

Does Sample-Selection Bias Explain the Antebellum Puzzle? Evidence from Military Enlistment in the Nineteenth-Century United States

@inproceedings{Zimran2015DoesSB,
  title={Does Sample-Selection Bias Explain the Antebellum Puzzle? Evidence from Military Enlistment in the Nineteenth-Century United States},
  author={A. Zimran and J. Cawley and Stephanie Chapman and C. Frydman and S. Jayachandran and J. Komlos and Aviv Nevo and Sangyoon Park},
  year={2015}
}
It is widely believed that the antebellum puzzle—a simultaneous decline in average stature and rise in GDP per capita, coupled with lower average stature in richer regions, in the antebellum United States— reveals a welfare cost of economic development that is hidden by conventional indicators; but it has been argued that the puzzle may be an artifact of sample-selection bias, stemming from a reliance on data from military volunteers to construct height samples. In this paper I provide the… Expand

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