POPULATION, RESOURCES, AND POVERTY

Authors
Citation
P. Dasgupta, POPULATION, RESOURCES, AND POVERTY, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 95-101
Citations number
55
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
95 - 101
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<95:PRAP>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
This article applies the theory of resource allocation to rural househ olds in poor countries to see what one may mean by a population proble m. It is argued by an appeal to evidence that there is a serious popul ation problem in these parts, and that it is related synergistically t o poverty, and possibly also to an erosion of the local environmental resource base. The problem lies in that very high fertility rates are experienced by women bearing risks of death that should now be unaccep table. An argument is sketched to show how the cycle of poverty and hi gh fertility rates can perpetuate within a dynasty. The one general po licy conclusion which may be novel is that an integrated population po licy in these parts would include standard measures for the alleviatio n of poverty, such as increased female education and outside-work oppo r-tunities, improved credit and savings markets, and a ready availabil ity of basic household needs, such as water and fuel.