Population Matters

Edited by Nancy Birdsall, Allen C. Kelley and Steven Sinding

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244072
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595974 | DOI:

Series: International Studies in Demography

Population Matters

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This book explores the impact of demographic change on economic growth and poverty in developing countries. The papers in this volume present some new themes and reinforce others. It is shown that rapid population growth had a quantitatively negative impact on the pace of aggregate economic growth in developing countries. Rapid fertility decline made a relevant contribution to reducing the incidence and severity of poverty. The impact of rapid demographic change on the rural environment and development was mixed — a minor player against the larger picture of initial conditions and broad policy effects.

Keywords: demographic change; economic growth; poverty; developing countries; fertility; population trends

Book.  456 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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