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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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  • Levy, Amnon & Berck, Peter, 2009. "Theoretical Implications of Endogenously Changing Carrying Capacity and Concern for the World’s Population and Environment," Economics Working Papers wp09-05, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
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    Keywords

    Environmental Concerns; Carrying Capacity; Survival;

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    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General

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