Human capital, wealth, and nutrition in the Bolivian Amazon

Ricardo Godoy*, Victoria Reyes-García, Vincent Vadez, William R. Leonard, Tomás Huanca, Jonathan Bauchet

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We analyze anthropometric variables of a society of forager-horticulturalists in the Bolivian Amazon (Tsimane′) in 2001-2002. Community variables (e.g., inequality, social capital) explain little of the variance in anthropometric indices of nutritional status, but individual-level variables (schooling, wealth) are positively correlated with nutritional status. Dietary quality (foods high in animal proteins), access to foraging technology, and traditional knowledge of medicinal plants are related to better anthropometric indices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-162
Number of pages24
JournalEconomics and Human Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Amazon
  • Amerindians
  • Anthropometrics
  • Bolivia
  • Height
  • Human capital
  • Income inequality
  • Indigenous populations
  • Latin America
  • Nutritional status
  • Physical stature
  • Tsimane′
  • Wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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