Population Policy, Welfare, and Regional Development.

by Ira S. Lowry

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An examination of some feasible objectives and methods to control population growth. The efforts of poor regions to stimulate a growth in aggregate income to retard the rapid growth of population have been mostly unsuccessful. Since an optimum level of population exists for any region (illustrated by construction of labor force and population models), effective methods of population control must enable the growth to maintain that level. Methods are considered which regulate the death rate, the birth rate, and migration. The latter is feasible, viewed through 25-year simulations of migration effects on population, and may be an alternative or supplement to birth control in reducing the rate of population growth. (Presented to the Conference on Regional Development Planning, Puerto Rico, in March 1967.) 41 pp.

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