Is India Falling into the Malthusian Trap?

April 30, 2008 • News

The connection between Malthus and India are twofold. For one, the country provided the fitting final stage to re-enact his theory on divergent growth pattern between population and foodgrain production even as late as the 1960s, when India was plagued by booming population growth and a diffident growth in food production.

However, there was a more tenuous connection between the economist and Indian economic history. Malthus was the first professional economist by training to teach at the college founded at Haileybury in England by the East India Company to train its young administrators on the rudiments of economic theory.

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