Toward a Cure for the Myopia and Tunnel Vision of the Population Debate: A Dose of Historical Perspective

Duke Economics Working Paper #95-10

28 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 1997

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Allen C. Kelley

Duke University - Department of Economics

Robert M. Schmidt

University of Richmond

Abstract

A survey of the literature by economists specializing in population issues reveals a distinctly non-alarmist assessment of the impacts of rapid population growth. This is contrary to the assessments by non-specialists, and those in other fields. Economists tend to emphasize longer-run impacts, where feedbacks tend to attenuate negative short-run impacts of rapid demographic change.

JEL Classification: J2, O4

Suggested Citation

Kelley, Allen C. and Schmidt, Robert M., Toward a Cure for the Myopia and Tunnel Vision of the Population Debate: A Dose of Historical Perspective. Duke Economics Working Paper #95-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=44660 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.44660

Allen C. Kelley

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Robert M. Schmidt (Contact Author)

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