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Smallpox did reduce height : a reply to our critics

Leunig, Tim and Voth, Hans-Joachim (1998) Smallpox did reduce height : a reply to our critics. Economic History Review, 51 (2). pp. 372-381. ISSN 1468-0289

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Between them our critics span the entire range of this Journal’s readership. On the one hand Razzell accuses us of ‘the abandonment of traditional scholarly procedures’. He argues that our plight ‘will provide a salutary lesson for the new economic history. No amount of sophisticated statistical analysis will provide a substitute for careful study of original sources.’ In contrast, Heintel and Baten use far more sophisticated statistical techniques - including a continuous kernel density estimator and truncation point estimators - in an attempt to justify their claim that our ‘conclusions are without empirical or statistical foundation.’ Because these two comments are so totally different we will look at each in turn.

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Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2006

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