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    Thomas Malthus and his argument on population and resources

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    What argument did Thomas Malthus make about population and resources? What is the status of his argument today?

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    In An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798, rev. ed. 1803), he contended that poverty and distress are unavoidable, since population increases by geometrical ratio and the means of subsistence by arithmetical ratio. As checks on population growth, Malthus first accepted only war, famine, and disease, but in his revised work he admitted also the preventive check of "moral restraint." Although his theory caused general controversy, it was later adapted and its implications became influential for classical economists.

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