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Population Growth and Development Prospects for Pakistan

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  • Fakhari A. Siddiqui

    (Williams School of Business and Economics, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Que., Canada.)

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Since its founding Pakistan has exhibited a continuously high rate of population growth. When measured by population size it has moved from the thirteenth largest country in 1950 to the seventh largest country in 1996 (Table 1). Today Pakikan exhibits the highest rate of growth among the world's largest countries, and according to some projections will become the third most populated country in the world by the year 2050 [United Nations (1998)]. Given the country's present resources, this magnitude of population growth has serious implications for the social and economic well-being of the people of Pakistan. A staggering statistic shows that the area now constituting Pakistan which had only 16.6 million people at the turn of the century, will surpass the 150 million mark by the new millennium (less than a year away).

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  • Fakhari A. Siddiqui, 1998. "Population Growth and Development Prospects for Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 37(4), pages 557-574.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:37:y:1998:i:4:p:557-574
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    1. Akhtar Hassan Khan, 1998. "1998 Census: The Results and Implications," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 37(4), pages 481-493.
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    1. Fakhari A. Siddiqui, 2001. "Importance of a Population Policy in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 40(4), pages 345-369.

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