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Explaining Long-Term Trends in Health and Longevity by Robert W. Fogel

Published By: Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 978-1-107-02791-6, cloth; 978-1-107-66581-1, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Dora L. Costa of University of California, Los Angeles
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.4.1183.r9
Review Pages: 1200-1202

Book Review Abstract

Dora L. Costa of University of California, Los Angeles reviews, "Explaining Long-Term Trends in Health and Longevity" by Robert W. Fogel. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores the theory and measurement of aging- and health-related variables and considers how the anthropometric approach to historical analysis has helped reinterpret the nature of economic growth. Discusses secular changes in American and British stature and nutrition; second thoughts on the European escape from hunger—famines, chronic malnutrition, and mortality rates; trends in physiological capital—implications for equity in health care; changes in disparities and chronic diseases through the course of the twentieth century; and some common problems in analysis and measurement. Fogel is Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago."


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Dora L. Costa of University of California, Los Angeles


JEL Classifications

I12: Health Production
J14: Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped
N30: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Religion, and Wealth: General, International, or Comparative


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