Geo 143: Boserup on consequences of population growth

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  1. What is Boserup argument about the consequences of population growth?
    • 1. Population growth can be a stimulus for improving the human condition rather than causing conditions of increasing poverty.
    • 2. Population growth act as a stimulus to technological advancement
  2. How is Boserup argument different from Malthus?
    • -She argues that Population growth stimulates agricultural innovation and change
    • -Whereas Malthus would argue that death rates would rise to curtail the population growth and restore equilibrium.
    • -Boserup would see another possibility, namely an intensification of the agricultural system.
  3. What empirical evidence exists that supports/contradicts her theory?
    Green revolution
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Geo 143: Boserup on consequences of population growth
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