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Theoretical Implications of Endogenously Changing Carrying Capacity and Concern for the World’s Population and Environment

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This paper derives some possible implications of changing carrying capacity and environmental concerns for human survival. It proposes that even in the absence of any further technological, healthcare, social and international progress, diminishing complacency embarks the global environment and its human population on a course leading to an interior steady state. Therefore, convergence to extinction is not a likely course for a population that, in addition to displaying diminishing complacency toward deteriorating environmental conditions, generates improvements in technology, healthcare and social and international affairs.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number wp09-05.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:uow:depec1:wp09-05

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Keywords: Environmental Concerns; Carrying Capacity; Survival;

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