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Changes in anthropometric measures of wellbeing in Korea from 1945 to 1977 : Evidence from Korean military records

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Frame of Image ool) Chulhee Lee, Seoul National University Impact Evaluation Lab, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
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The Research Working Paper Series disseminates the findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about Korea’s Development Experiences. An objective of the series is to get the findings out quickly, even if the presentations are less than fully polished. The papers carry the names of the authors and should be cited accordingly. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper are entirely those of the authors. They do not necessarily represent the views of the KDI School and its affiliated organizations.
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Changes in Anthropometric Measures of Wellbeing in Korea from 1945 to 1977: Evidence from Korean Military Records (Chulhee Lee) Executive Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………… 7 Chapter 1. Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………… 9 Chapter 2. Previous Studies on Standards of Living in South Korea between 1945 to 1975 …………………………………………………………………………………… 11 (1) Changes in Conventional Measures of Material Wellbeing ………… 11 (2) Changes in Biological Standards of Living ………………………………… 13 Chapter 3. Military Records in Korea………………………………………………………………… 17 Chapter 4. Changes in Anthropometric Measures Across Times and Regions … 20 (1) Changes in Height and Weight Across Birth Cohorts ………………… 20 (2) Differences in Anthropometric Measures across Provinces ……… 22 Cha


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Title Changes in anthropometric measures of wellbeing in Korea from 1945 to 1977
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Evidence from Korean military records

Material Type Report
Author(English)

Lee, Chulhee

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[Sejong] : KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date 2017-12
Series Title; No Research Working Paper: Korea Economic Development Empirical Study Series
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Social Development < Population
Social Development < Health
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management
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Abstract

Although it is widely acknowledged that the rapid economic growth in South Korea during the second half of the twentieth century improved the standards of living of the population, it is not fully understood how the living conditions in South Korea changed over time, and what are the major factors that produced the changes. Research on these issues is often seriously limited by shortage of appropriate data, especially for the period between 1945 and 1960. The present study attempts to overcome the limitations of currently available data on standards of living by analyzing a newly collected sample of Korean military records. Using these sources, we have investigated how biological indices of standards of living, such as height, weight, and body-mass-index (BMI) changed across birth cohorts born between 1946 and 1957. We also examined how changes in anthropometric measures differed by province of residence, father’s occupation, and own education...

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Note: Please do not quote or cite without permission from the authors. The data set employed here is a work in progress.