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Title:The only impending shortage is a shortage of bad news / BEBR No. 535
Author(s):Simon, Julian Lincoln, 1932-
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Commerce and Business Administration
Subject(s):Population.
Natural resources.
Issue Date:De 19 1978
Publisher:[Urbana, Ill.] : College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Series/Report:Faculty working papers ; no. 535
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:Includes bibliographical references (leaves [29-36]).
"False bad news about population growth, natural resources, and the environment is published widely in the face of solid contradictory evidence. For example, the world supply of arable land has been increasing, the scarcity of natural resources including food and energy has been decreasing, and basic measures of U.S. environmental quality have positive trends. The aggregate data show no long run negative effect of population growth upon the standard of living, and my models that embody forces omitted in the past -- especially the influence of population size upon productivity increase -- suggest a long run positive effect. There are various possible reasons why the false bad news dominates the true good news. Personal values are certainly a key factor."
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/27403
Rights Information:In copyright. Digitized with permission of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Contact digicc@library.illinois.edu for information.
Copyright De 19 1978 Board of Trustees University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-09-15
Has Version(s):http://hdl.handle.net/10111/UIUCOCA:onlyimpendingsho535simo
http://www.archive.org/details/onlyimpendingsho535simo
Identifier in Online Catalog:317416
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm05025148


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