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Measuring UpA History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950$
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Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773164

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.001.0001

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The Tall or Short of It

The Tall or Short of It

Tracking Heights and Living Standards

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(p.101) Chapter 2 The Tall or Short of It
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Measuring Up
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.003.0006

This chapter examines the relevance of political events and policies for population well-being in Mexico. It compares the adult height trends in the upper and lower strata of the population and suggests that the different trajectories of heights in the sample reflect living standards of the different sectors and the effects of welfare policies on people's well-being. This chapter explains that the height of the upper classes display a tendency similar to that of the evolution of gross domestic product per capita income while those in the lower classes suffered a decline during the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   population well-being, political events, Mexico, adult heights, living standards, welfare policies, gross domestic product, upper classes, lower classes

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