The Bad Economics of Rapid Population Growth

October 26, 2008 • News

Thanks to Susan Gibbs for this article.

In James Hookway’s excellent Wall Street Journal article today on the tension between the Catholic Church and family planning advocates in the Philippines, he references, in passing, the latest thinking on the interaction between high rates of population growth and economic prosperity.

In many ways, rapid population growth is a sort of multiplier of bad economic policy. World Bank adviser Thomas Merrick wrote in an influential paper in 2002 that “while misguided agricultural and trade policies and poor food distributions may be the key determinants of hunger, rapid population growth exacerbates bad policies, while slower growth may buy time for good ones to have an effect.”

For full article, visit:

Current World Population


Net Growth During Your Visit