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Population and income: Is there a puzzle?

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

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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