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Economic thought about population consequences: Some reflections

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This essay discusses predecessors of long ago, and the 1950s and 1960s, who studied the effects of population change. The history is not systematic, but rather is idiosyncratic. It focuses on the valuable elements from which we may learn, not on failings. It concentrates on work which has had little influence upon subsequent thought.

I find need for more investigation of economic sub-systems and of the mechanisms that operate over very long periods — centuries and more.

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This article is largely drawn from my 1992 book and the forthcoming revision of my 1981 book.

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Simon, J.L. Economic thought about population consequences: Some reflections. J Popul Econ 6, 137–152 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00178558

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Keywords

  • Population Change
  • Population Consequence
  • Valuable Element
  • Subsequent Thought