Niger and over-population

Professor Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek draws attention to the facts to dispel the myth that developing countries are poor because they are over-populated.  An excellent contribution to the reality based debate.

Professor Boudreaux might have added that population growth tends to slow down when economic prosperity increases, not the other way round.  Those who are concerned about over-population of the planet should be arguing for measures to improve economic growth in developing countries, not worrying about birth control.

 

2 thoughts on “Niger and over-population”

  1. Quite. The one thing we’ve found so far that reduces birth rates is wealth. For all sorts of good economic reasons about opportunity costs and so on. Something I’ve been banging on about for years.

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