Evolution of living standards and human capital in China in the 18 – 20 th centuries : Evidences from real wages , age-heaping , and anthropometrics

@inproceedings{Baten2015EvolutionOL,
  title={Evolution of living standards and human capital in China in the 18 – 20 th centuries : Evidences from real wages , age-heaping , and anthropometrics},
  author={Joerg Baten and Debin Ma and Stephen H. Morgan and Qing Wang},
  year={2015}
}
This article mobilizes and integrates both existing and new time series data on real wages, physical heights and age-heaping to examine the long-term trend of living standards and human capital for China during the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. Our findings confirm the existence of a substantial gap in living standards between China and North-western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They also reveal a sustained decline in living standards and human capital at least in… CONTINUE READING