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Population and income: Is there a puzzle?

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  • Joao Ricardo Faria
  • Miguel Leon-Ledesma
  • Adolfo Sachsida

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This note presents wide evidence on the relationship between population and income for 125 countries for which data was available for the period 1950-2000. The main result is that there is a weak but negative relationship between population growth and per capita GDP, as income increases population expands at a slower rate. This relationship appears to be stronger for African countries and for Asian countries before 1970.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 42 (2006)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 909-917

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:42:y:2006:i:6:p:909-917

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  1. Thomas Gries & Wim Naudé, 2010. "Entrepreneurship and structural economic transformation," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 13-29, January.

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