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Was Malthus Right After All? Lecture by Jeffrey Sachs

Was Malthus Right After All? Lecture by Jeffrey Sachs

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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