Long-Term Economic Growth and the Standard of Living in Indonesia

  title={Long-Term Economic Growth and the Standard of Living in Indonesia},
  author={Pierre van der Eng and Joerg Baten and Mojgan Stegl},
  journal={Economic History eJournal},
This paper analyses the relationship between economic growth and improvements in the standard of living, indicated by average heights. It uses four sets of anthropometric data to construct time series of average human height since the 1770s. The paper observes a significant decline of heights in the 1870s, followed by only modest recovery during the next three decades. Both are related to a sequence of disasters. Average heights increased from the 1900s, accelerating after World War II. The… 
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  • P. Eng
  • Economics
  • 2002
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