The nutritional status of manufacturing workers and craftsmen in central Spain in the eighteenth century

Number: 86
Year: 2016
Author(s): Hector Garcia-Montero
This article analyzes the relative level and evolution of the net nutritional status of manufacturing workers and craftsmen born in the last third of the eighteenth century in central Spain. It uses the anthropometric and occupational data included in the records of the general conscription carried out during the Napoleonic invasion. The findings are interpreted in light of the recent contributions made regarding the evolution of the economy and industrial products of central Spain during the second half of the eighteenth century. Significant differences can be observed between the different professions and economic sectors, largely explained by income levels, a possible selection for some occupations in accordance with physical characteristics, and access to animal proteins. Furthermore, the data also reveal an overall decrease in height and an increase in inequality between professions during the period.

Hector Garcia-Montero
Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Università Bocconi


Language: English


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Keywords: Nutritional status,Central Spain,eighteenth century,height,inequality