Principles of Environmental Economics: Economics, Ecology and Public Policy

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chapter eighteen

POPULATION, DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
learning objectivesAfter reading this chapter you will be familiar with the following:
• the common elements of the economics, population and environmental problems of developing countries;
• the nature of the population problems of developing nations, both historically and relative to the developed nations;
• the theory of the demographic transition and its implication for population control;
• the microeconomic theory of human fertility and its implications for population control through economic incentives;
• the interrelationships of economic development, population, poverty and environmental degradation in the developing world;
• the vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world;
• why poverty may not be alleviated through the traditional model of development that stresses capital accumulation or engaging in free trade with the industrial countries;
• how economic development projects may actually lead to environmental degradation, which in turn has an adverse effect on productivity and hence income;

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