Posts Tagged ‘anthropometric history’

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    Economic Growth: Tall Tennis Players

    Aug 27, 13 • 338 Views • No Comments

    I was just reading about John Isner (6’10”), Juan Martin del Potro (6’6″), Milos Raonic (6’5″) and Ivo Karlovic (6’10”).  Top ranked tennis players, they represent an increasingly tall person’s sport. At...  [read more]

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    Winning the Olympics

    Mar 15, 12 • 235 Views • No Comments

    How to predict Olympic medal winners? Economics. It takes money to train a world class athlete. The most economically fit countries can afford to train their athletes. Also, the “host bounce” helps. In the past, host countries have enjoyed a 3...  [read more]

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    Tall Stories

    Feb 28, 12 • 252 Views • No Comments

    Explaining why no N.B.A. team drafted Jeremy Lin and the Knicks only picked him as a backup, New Yorker financial writer James Surowiecki focuses on height. But not how you might expect. Surowiecki talks about height and good looks to illustrate how...  [read more]

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    Health and GDP

    Apr 28, 11 • 268 Views • No Comments

    We are taller, healthier, heavier, and living longer. In 1790, a typical Frenchman weighed 110 pounds. Now, the scale says 170. That 60-pound difference relates to a lot more than food. According to a new book from Nobel prize winning economist Robert Fogel...  [read more]

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    Growth Stories

    Nov 20, 10 • 260 Views • 1 Comment

    Height is about more than how tall you are. When affluence grows, so too do people. Why? Height seems to correspond to economic growth.  Connecting height and economic growth, a wonderful New Yorker article from 2004 tells us that Americans grew taller...  [read more]