Print page

The economics of population

Key Modern Writings
The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series
Edited by the late Julian L. Simon, formerly Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, US
This comprehensive two volume set includes the most important articles and papers on the subject written since World War II. The main emphasis is on the effects of demographic change but the key modern writings on the determinants of population change are also included.
Extent: 1,152 pp
Hardback Price: £325.00 Online: £292.50
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85278 765 3
Availability: In Stock
£0.00

Join our mailing list

  • Development Studies
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
This comprehensive two volume set includes the most important articles and papers on the subject written since World War II. The main emphasis is on the effects of demographic change but the key modern writings on the determinants of population change are also included.

The opening section of Volume I traces the development of modern thought on the connections between population growth and economic development. The following section looks in particular at the effect of population density on agricultural practices, and the final section deals with population growth and the availability of natural resources.

Volume II opens with a further section on the effects of population density, including its impact on infrastructure and on the size and productivity of cities, and its consequences in the Third World. There follows a brief section on formal theories, including models of technical progress. Finally the determinants of population growth are explored in various studies on the economics of mortality and the correlation between economic conditions and fertility.
‘Although many of the articles are well known and easily available, it is convenient for reference purposes to have them brought together.’
– William A. Jackson, Economic Journal
55 articles, dating from 1928 to 1995
Contributors include: E. Boserup, A.V. Chayanov, Y. Hayami, A.C. Kelley, C. Morse, M. Mortimore, E.S. Phelps, P.A. Samuelson, D. Segal, M. Tiffen
Contents: Volume I: Introduction Part I: Empirical Work and Analysis on General Consequences of Population Part II: Food and Land Part III: Natural Resources Name Index • Volume II: Introduction Part I: Other Consequences of Density Part II: Modern Formal Theory Part III: The Determinants of Population Growth and Density Name Index