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Tallness has always been viewed as a desirable physical trait -- so desirable that more than a century ago, Sir Francis Galton began collecting measurements of British schoolchildren as a prelude to his dream of breeding genetically superior human beings. Although his eugenics project went nowhere, his obsession with height survives in a word that has become part of every modern parent's vocabulary: percentile.
Anne Case and Christina Paxson, both Professors of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will be awarded the 11th Annual Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the Best Paper in Health Economics. They share the honor with Assistant Professor Darren Lubotsky from the University of Illinois, for their paper "Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient."