Differences in height by education among 371,105 Dutch military conscripts. First published online: 22 November 2014

Ying Huang, F.W.A. van Poppel, L.H. Lumey

Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abstract

Adult height is associated with a variety of familial and socio-economic factors and large, well-defined populations are needed for a reliable assessment of their relative contributions. We therefore analyzed recorded heights from the military health examinations of 18-year conscripts in the Netherlands born between 1944 and 1947 and observed large differences by their attained education and by their father's occupation. The 5.1cm height gradient from lowest to highest education level was more than twice as large as the gradient between father's occupation levels. The education gradient was not explained by common determinants of height including paternal occupation as a measure of familial background, region of birth, family size, or religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-207
JournalEconomics & Human Biology
Volume17
Issue numberApril
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Height
  • Socio-economic background
  • education
  • cognition
  • military conscripts
  • father's occupation
  • family size
  • religion
  • region of birth
  • SSCI

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Differences in height by education among 371,105 Dutch military conscripts. First published online: 22 November 2014'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this