(2005-12-02) Fogel Tech Evolution Life Expectancy

Nick Schulz interviews Robert Fogel on Life Expectancy, Body Height, Evolution, Urbanization, and Knowledge Growth. Life Expectancy appears to have increased pretty steadily from the early 18th century until maybe around 1820. And then it started cycling. We had actual decreases in life expectancy. Before we returned back to a path of increase in life expectancy, beginning in the late 19th century, and from then on it was a pretty steady pattern of increase... The average stature (Body Height) of adult males in Western Europe increased by close to a foot between 1864 and the present.

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