The Public Interest

The unreported revolution in population economics

Julian L. Simon

Fall 1990

IN THE 1980S a revolution occurred in scientific views about the effect of population growth on economic development: economists stopped asserting that population increases must exhaust natural resources and preclude economic growth. Revolution is usually the most newsworthy of events, but this revolution has been ignored by the popular press, which continues to hawk the pre-Revolutionary conventional wisdom. The lack of news of this revolution is itself newsworthy.

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