Height and Industrialisation in a City in Catalonia During the Nineteenth Century

UB Economics Working Papers E15/334

40 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 17, 2015


Drawing on anthropometric information, this article investigates the evolution of the biological standard of living in nineteenth-century Catalonia. We focus on the city of Igualada, one of Catalonia’s main textile centres in the early part of the century. The results show a decline in the height of males born between the 1830s and the 1860s, the period in which factory-based industrialisation emerged and became consolidated. The article also suggests that height inequality rose during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The empirical evidence gathered provides further support for the pessimistic view of the evolution of the standard of living during the early stages of industrialisation.

Keywords: Biological Standard of Living, Inequality, Industry, Urbanization, Southern Europe.

JEL Classification: I12, I14, I31, N33, N63.

Suggested Citation

Ramon-Muñoz, Ramon and Ramon-Muñoz, Josep-Maria, Height and Industrialisation in a City in Catalonia During the Nineteenth Century (December 17, 2015). UB Economics Working Papers E15/334. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707526 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2707526

Ramon Ramon-Muñoz (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007

Josep-Maria Ramon-Muñoz

University of Murcia ( email )

Avda Teniente Flomesta, 5
Murcia, Murcia 30100

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