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Was Malthus Right After All? Lecture by Jeffrey Sachs

Was Malthus Right After All? Lecture by Jeffrey Sachs

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11 December 2008 Sussex Development Lecture

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Colombia University and author of ‘The End of Poverty’ and ‘Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet’

The topic of his lecture, entitled ‘Was Malthus Right After All?’ was the much-talked about problem of sustainable development. Sachs defines this more broadly than is usual, explaining his desire to find a way for developed nations to enjoy rising standards of living while poorer nations also catch up - without damaging the environment. The problem, as defined by Malthus in the eighteenth century, was that the rate of population increase would outstrip the rate of increase of output – hence leading humans into poverty and starvation as their numbers grow.
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