An Hypothesis of Population Growth

An Hypothesis of Population Growth

An Hypothesis of Population Growth

An Hypothesis of Population Growth

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The simple formula to which the principles of population have been reduced in the pages that follow is not offered in total or partial refutation of earlier writers. It is contended merely that forces and influences operating upon the growth of population may be reduced to two overwhelmingly significant -- and perhaps all-inclusive -- factors, wealth and living-standards, and that a formula predicated on those two factors should prove helpful in promoting an understanding of the intricacies of population growth.

In his preface to Mr. H. Wright's essay on Population, Mr. J. M. Keynes says in explaining the author's aim:

His object will have been accomplished if he can do something to direct the thoughts of a few more students to what is going to be not merely an economist's problem, but, in the near future, the greatest of social questions, -- a question which will arouse some of the deepest instincts and emotions of men, and about which feeling may run as passionately as in earlier struggles between religions. A great transition in human history will have begun when civilized man endeavors to assume conscious control in his own hands away from the blind instinct of mere predominant survival.

Professor E. M. East of Harvard University prefaces his recent essay on population, Mankind at the Crossroads, as follows:

The study of the question was first undertaken without reference to its importance in the broad sense, the relation of the increase of population to the ability of population to sustain itself, but rather because it came to the forefront of every problem of human heredity, of every question of social hygiene, of every investigation into physical welfare of the people individually and collectively.

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