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The Economics Of Skin Tone In Nineteenth-Century Maryland, Yuree Kim
School of Arts & Sciences Theses
I analyze the effect of subtle differences in skin complexion on heights of free blacks in Maryland during the nineteenth century. I propose that lighter-skinned blacks were taller (indicating better nutrition) than their darker counterparts. I find the hypothesis holds - 15.9% taller for males and 16.5% taller for females.