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Population Growing Pains

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1309
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1309b

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Lately economists have tended to reject gloom-and-doom scenarios of impending environmental catastrophe, concluding that population growth should only slightly perturb living standards. At the meeting, however, two economists unveiled a new analysis suggesting that more people do impose a cost on society--one that could run thousands of dollars a head, making it clearly the interest of the present generation to slow population growth.