Health, Mortality and the Standard of Living in Europe and North America since 1700

Health, Mortality and the Standard of Living in Europe and North America since 1700

Elgar Research Reviews in Economics

Roderick Floud, Robert William Fogel, Bernard Harris and Sok Chul Hong

This research review offers an essential guide to debates about the causes and consequences of the decline of mortality and the improvement of human health over the last three centuries. It discusses the early-life origins of adult health and disease, changes in height, weight and body mass, the definition and measurement of the ‘standard of living’, and the economic and social impact of health improvements.

Review Article

Roderick Floud, Bernard Harris and Sok Chul Hong

Subjects: economics and finance, economic history, health policy and economics

This research review offers an essential guide to debates about the causes and consequences of the decline of mortality and the improvement of human health over the last three centuries. It discusses the early-life origins of adult health and disease, changes in height, weight and body mass, the definition and measurement of the ‘standard of living’, and the economic and social impact of health improvements.

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