By Charles S. Pearson
In On the Cusp, economist Charles Pearson explores the which means of this inhabitants pattern from the arc of demographic development to say no. He reports Thomas Malthus's well-known, yet fallacious, 1798 argument that human inhabitants could exceed the earth's wearing ability. That argument has resurfaced, although, within the present environmental period and less than the specter of worldwide warming. studying inhabitants tendencies via twin lenses -- demography and economics -- Pearson examines the aptitude possibilities and demanding situations of inhabitants decline and getting older. getting older is sort of common and should speed up. Mitigating untoward fiscal results may well require regulations to spice up fertility (which has plunged), raise immigration, and paintings longer, tougher, and smarter -- in addition to adopt pension and overall healthiness care reform, all of that have hidden charges. The writing is rigorous yet no longer technical, and is complemented via a necessary set of figures and tables.
Sharp, daring, and sometimes humorous, Pearson's examine has thought-provoking implications for destiny public regulations. He ends his research with a modestly hopeful end, noting that either the wealthy and the terrible face a brand new demographic order. basic readers and scholars alike will locate On the Cusp an informative and fascinating read.
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