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Anthropometric dividends of Czechoslovakia’s break up

Costa-Font, Joan and Kossarova, Lucia (2014) Anthropometric dividends of Czechoslovakia’s break up. CESifo working papers (5081). CESifo Group, Munich, Germany.

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Abstract

Processes of transition to democracy and country break up stand out as ideal experiments to estimate the impact of wide institutional reform on well-being. Changes in population heights are regarded as virtuous pointers of well-being improvements in psycho-social environments, which improve with democracy. We analyzed a unique dataset containing individual heights in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to measure the retrospective well-being effects of the two transitions to liberal democracy and capitalism after the split up of Czechoslovakia. An additional year spent under democracy increases height by 0.286cm for Slovaks and 0.148cm for Czechs. Although transition paths differ across the two countries, the absolute height gap between Slovaks and the Czechs did not change. Slovaks benefited more than the Czechs in the bottom and mid tercile.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome.html
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O52 - Europe
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 03:49
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60719

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