Charles Kenny against Malthus

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10 Jul 2010

I have belatedly come across an excellent article in Foreign Policy by Charles Kenny, a senior economist at the World Bank, criticising some of the core assumptions of Malthus’s theory of population. It also reminds readers that influential contemporary pundits such as Jeffrey Sachs and Niall Ferguson have embraced Malthusian ideas.

The Foreign Policy article is based on a longer paper called Is anywhere stuck in a Malthusian trap? Kenny is working on a book called The Success of Development.

See my 15 January 2007 post for a work on happiness by Charles Kenny.

[Hat tip Marco Visscher]