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Health, gender and the household: children’s growth in the Marcella Street Home, Boston, MA and the Ashford School, London, UK

Schneider, Eric B. (2016) Health, gender and the household: children’s growth in the Marcella Street Home, Boston, MA and the Ashford School, London, UK. In: Hanes, Christopher and Wolcott, Susan, (eds.) Research in economic history. Research in economic history (32). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, pp. 277-361. ISBN 9781786352767

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0363-326820160000032005

Abstract

This paper is the first to use the individual level, longitudinal catch-up growth of boys and girls in a historical population to measure their relative deprivation. The data is drawn from two government schools, the Marcella Street Home (MSH) in Boston, MA (1889-1898) and the Ashford School of the West London School District (1908- 1917). The paper provides an extensive discussion of the two schools including the characteristics of the children, their representativeness, selection bias and the conditions in each school. It also provides a methodological introduction to measuring children’s longitudinal catch-up growth. After analysing the catch-up growth of boys and girls in the schools, it finds that there were no substantial differences between the catch-up growth by gender. Thus, these data suggest that there were not major health disparities between boys and girls in late nineteenth century America and early twentieth century Britain.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/series/rehi
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N31 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N33 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Europe: Pre-1913
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 01:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66514

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