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John H Komlos, Visiting Professor

John H Komlos

Please note: John has left the "Economics" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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Economic History
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Professor Komlos has devoted most of his academic career developing and expanding the field of anthropometric history, which culminated in his founding the field of "Economics and Human Biology." He is among few scholars to publish in major journals of five disciplines: The American Economic Review, The American Historical Review, The American Journal of Human Biology, Statistical Methodology, and Mathematical Population Studies. Komlos was the first to explain why populations of the then developed world became shorter at the onset of modern economic growth. He also discovered that after being the tallest in the world for 200 years, Americans became shorter than Western and Northern Europeans after the Second World War. His work has been cited in radio programs and on television as well as in most major newspapers around the globe including The New York Times, where Paul Krugman wrote about it, and has been featured in The New Yorker magazine in 2004. Since the trauma of 2008 Komlos has been also teaching and writing about the significance of financial crisis in people's lives.

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Economics and Human Biology

Curriculum Vitae  Bio

NBER Profile and Publications
Economics and Human Biology Journal
Economic History Website
Fellow of the Cliometric Society

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