Economic growth doesn’t depend on more people CHUCK BERGER

August 25, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this OpEdfrom the Sydney Morning Herald.

The federal government’s recently released 2010 Intergenerational Report argues that rapid population growth is needed to support an ageing population. It is a claim unsupported by real-world empirical evidence.

The report does include the results of economic modelling purporting to show that lower population growth would mean lower per-capita gross domestic product for Australia, among other ills. Unfortunately, the modelling did not include any environmental parameters, such as the impact of such population growth on greenhouse pollution or water use.

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