Population, Capital, and Growth: Selected Essays

Population, Capital, and Growth: Selected Essays

Population, Capital, and Growth: Selected Essays

Population, Capital, and Growth: Selected Essays

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The essays in this volume were written over the last eight years. Most of them were prepared for presentation at various conferences, others were lectures delivered on special occasions.

Despite their ad hoc character, the essays are limited to a few broad themes: population and its relation to economic growth, capital formation in long historical perspective, the broader features of modern economic growth, and recent changes in the gap between the rich and poor countries. The themes are obviously interrelated. Even the essay on problems in the supply of and demand for economic data has some bearing on the others, since it deals with the conditions that limit the quantitative study of economic growth.

As with most such collections, publication of this one is primarily for the convenience of having the interrelated essays assembled between two covers. On re-reading them, I found need for stylistic changes alone, and for minor revisions to reduce duplication.

I am grateful to Mrs. Lillian Weksler, who helped me in the original preparation of the papers, as well as in the review for re-publication. I am also indebted to my colleague, Professor James S. Duesenberry, for advice on papers to be included (and excluded). Finally, thanks are due to the publishers, as indicated in footnotes to the essays, for permission to reprint.

January, 1973 SIMON KUZNETS

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