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Resource scarcity and economic growth in poor developing countries:Missing links in Simon's cornucopian philosophy

Authors
Journal
Futures
0016-3287
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0016-3287(85)90055-2
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Philosophy

Abstract

Abstract Underlying Julian Simon's cornucopian philosophy is a model of economic—demographic interaction which derives normative views in favour of moderate population growth. This article criticizes Simon's unsatisfactory treatment of discounting in this procedure, and, more significantly, his denial of mankind—ecosystems interactions. Analysis of the complex interactive effects of population change on economic growth and of the broad system of factors driving resource depletion in developing countries, serves to undermine Simon's ‘false optimism’.

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