The Resource Population growth and economic development : policy questions, Working Group on Population Growth and Economic Development, Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

Population growth and economic development : policy questions, Working Group on Population Growth and Economic Development, Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

Label
Population growth and economic development : policy questions
Title
Population growth and economic development
Title remainder
policy questions
Statement of responsibility
Working Group on Population Growth and Economic Development, Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This report addresses 9 often debated questions centered on the relationships between population growth and economic development. Specifically, it is asked whether slower population growth will: 1) increase the growth rate of per capita income through increasing per capita availability of exhaustible resources, 2) increase the growth rate of per capita income through increasing per capita availability of renewable resources, 3) alleviate pollution and the degradation of the natural environment, 4) lead to more capital per worker, thereby increasing per worker output and consumption, 5) increase per capita levels of schooling and health, 6) decrease the degree of inequality in the distribution of income, and 7) facilitate the absorption of workers into the modern sector and alleviate problems of urban growth. It is additionally asked: 8) Do lower population densities lead to lower per capita incomes via a reduced stimulus to technologic innovation and reduced exploitation of economies of scale in production and infrastructure? and 9) Does a couple's fertility behavior impose costs on society at large? The report finds little support for either the alarmist or the more complacent viewpoint regarding the economic effects of population growth. It is concluded, on balance, that slower population growth would be beneficial to economic development for most developing countries, although a rigorous quantitative assessment of these benefits is difficult and context-dependent. Whether the economic problems caused by population growth are best approached by slowing the population growth rate depends ultimately on the costs of alternative policy responses. Reducing the number of unwanted births in a family results in both direct welfare gains to the family and in gains to society at large
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
304.6/09172/4
Index
index present
LC call number
HB884
LC item number
.P6655 1986eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • statistics
Label
Population growth and economic development : policy questions, Working Group on Population Growth and Economic Development, Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-104) and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44956374
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 108 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585156330
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b36460084
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44956374
  • ebsco0585156336

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