Fields of Study
Latin America, economic history, Brazil
I use anthropometric evidence on human stature to track the secular trend in material well-being of the Brazilian population from 1830 to 1960. During that interim, the Brazilian economy and polity underwent profound structural transitions. The extant data on living standards has prevented scholars from understanding the consequences of export-led growth and industrialization. My preliminary data culled from military records?a previously untapped source?display significant improvement in physical stature beginning in the 1880s, when modernization and industrialization began. I hypothesize that the confluence of real income growth, improved education, health, and sanitation account for the upswing in the standard of living.
Grants and Awards
William R Summerhill, Dora L Costa, Mary A Yeager, Leah Platt Boustan