The Cause and Effects of Population Growth by Rebecca Rate

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The Cause and Effects of Population Growth by Rebecca Rate

Subject

Economics and Business

Description

Thomas Malthus was one of the first scholars to write about the issues of population growth. He feared that humans would surpass Earth's carrying capacity which would lead to disease, suffering, and ultimately death. He believed that higher wages were the cause of population growth, which was also how the economist Adam Smith explain this phenomenon. However, for Smith, population growth was necessary for economic growth and would ultimately result in greater prosperity in the long run. Both writers failed to recognize how the changing socioeconomic status of women would affect growth rates. Ultimately, it is the predictions of Smith that have held true so far. In fact, many contemporary writers have criticized Malthus for his failure to recognize how technology is able to expand Earth's carrying capacity. However, as concerns about global warming continue to grow, there is still a possibility that it will be Malthus who will be proven correct in the very end.

Creator

Rebecca Rate

Source

Senior Showcase Oral presentation

Publisher

Ripon College

Date

April 17, 2018

Rights

The author reserves all rights.

Format

pdf

Identifier

Major: Economics and Business Management
Minor: Environmental Biology

Campbellsport, Wisconsin
ECO 481: Economics Senior Seminar

Files

Senior Showcase Papaer.pdf

Citation

Rebecca Rate, “The Cause and Effects of Population Growth by Rebecca Rate,” Senior Showcase Digital Collection, accessed September 21, 2018, https://rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net/items/show/103.

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