Trends of Children's Height and Parental Unemployment: A Large-Scale Anthropometric Study on Eastern Germany, 1994 - 2006

36 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2008

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Jörg Baten

University of Tuebingen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Andreas Böhm

Brandenburg - Ministry of Health

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

The average height of children is an indicator for the quality of nutrition and health care. Heights have never declined over longer time spans in Eastern Germany since 1880 - except for the most recent period 1997-2006. In the Eastern German Land of Brandenburg, a data set of 253,050 pre-school height measurements was compiled and complemented with information on parents' schooling and employment status. Unemployment might have negative psychological effects, with impact on health care. Both a panel analysis of districts and an assessment at the individual level yield the result that increasing unemployment was in fact the major driving force.

Keywords: height, unemployment, Eastern Germany, welfare measurement

JEL Classification: E24, H53, I12, I32

Suggested Citation

Baten, Jorg and Böhm, Andreas, Trends of Children's Height and Parental Unemployment: A Large-Scale Anthropometric Study on Eastern Germany, 1994 - 2006 (January 2008). CESifo Working Paper No. 2189. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1085979

Jorg Baten (Contact Author)

University of Tuebingen - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Andreas Böhm

Brandenburg - Ministry of Health ( email )

14410 Potsdam
Germany

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