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Thomas Robert Malthus believed that population growth would a. put stress on the economy’s ability to produce food, dooming humans to remain in poverty. b. spread the capital stock too thinly across the labor force, lowering each worker’s productivity. c. promote technological progress, because there would be more scientists and inventors. d. eventually decline to sustainable levels, as birth control improved and people had smaller families.

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ISBN: 9781305971509

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Chapter 12, Problem 6CQQ
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Thomas Robert Malthus believed that population growth would

 a. put stress on the economy’s ability to produce food, dooming humans to remain in poverty.

 b. spread the capital stock too thinly across the labor force, lowering each worker’s productivity.

 c. promote technological progress, because there would be more scientists and inventors.

 d. eventually decline to sustainable levels, as birth control improved and people had smaller families.

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To determine
Malthusian theory of population.

Explanation of Solution

Option (a):

According to the Malthusian theory of population, ever-increasing population would continually strain society’s ability to provide for itself and as a result, mankind would be doomed to forever live in poverty. Thus, option ‘a’ is correct.

Option (b):

This effect of population growth is put forth by modern economists or theorists...

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