The Impact of Population Growth on Well-being in Developing Countries / Edition 1

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This book evaluates the evidence on the impacts of population growth on well-being in developing countries and concludes that slowing population growth from high current levels, especially in poor, agrarian societies facing pressure on land and resources, is advantageous to economic development, health, food availablitiy, housing, poverty, the environment, and possibly education. It also concludes that while other economic and social policies may affect one or a few of these components of well-being more directly, few, if any, are likely to have the breadth of impact of family planning programmes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540607090
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Series: Population Economics Series
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 1
Toward a Cure for the Myopia and Tunnel Vision of the Population Debate: A Dose of Historical Perspective 11
Fertility and Maternal and Child Health 37
The Consequences of Rapid Population Growth on Human Resource Development: The Case of Education 67
Population Growth, Environmental Change and Technical Innovation: Implications For Sustainable Growth in Agricultural Production 139
Population, Housing, and the Economy 175
Population Growth and Poverty 219
An Inquiry into Population, Resources and Environment 259
Evaluating the Impact of Family Planning Programmes 299
Population Programs and Human Rights 337
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