Short poppies: The height of World War I servicemen

Timothy J Hatton, 9 May 2014



The last century has seen unprecedented increases in the heights of adults (Bleakley et al., 2013). Among young men in western Europe, that increase amounts to about four inches. On average, sons have been taller than their fathers for the last five generations. These gains in height are linked to improvements in health and longevity.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Health economics
Tags: Height, socioeconomic conditions, World War I

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