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Population Growth, Development and the Environment

Nathan Keyfitz
Population Studies
Vol. 50, No. 3 (Nov., 1996), pp. 335-359
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2174638
Page Count: 25
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Population Growth, Development and the Environment
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Abstract

When Population Studies was founded in 1946 a main preoccupation of demographers and of the public was the prospective decline of the British population, and the falling off of its quality because on the average a poor family had more children than a better-off one. Over the course of the 50 years interests have shifted to the aging of populations as births decline and mortality improves; immigration, immigrants being welcomed for the decades after the war, and subsequently facing hostile political pressures; environmental degradation and the spread of new diseases. The fall in the birth rate, required both for development and for protection of the environment, is spreading from the original industrialized countries of Europe and America to Asia, somewhat more slowly to Latin America, slowest of all to Africa.

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