Stature and Famine in China: The Welfare of the Survivors of the Great Leap Forward Famine, 1959-61
20 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2008
Date Written: February 2007
Past studies of the Chinese Great Leap Forward famine focus on its causality or the economics effects, but few examine the welfare of the survivors. Thirty million people may have died. Human height, an indicator of nutrition, is used to examine the impact on the survivors of the famine who were born from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Data are from a survey of 112,000 industrial workers born between the 1940s and 1970s and surveys of children since the 1950s. Trends in average stature for the first time enable us to quantify the impact on the welfare of the survivors.
Keywords: China, Great Leap Forward, Famine, Human welfare, Height, Stature
JEL Classification: N15, N35, O15, O53, I31
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