population trap

population trap

a situation in which a country's rate of POPULATION growth is greater than its attainable rate of ECONOMIC GROWTH. As a consequence, INCOME PER HEAD declines and the problem of alleviating mass poverty is made worse. To remedy this situation, it may be necessary for the government to introduce birth control programmes. This problem is sometimes found in a DEVELOPING COUNTRY. See DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSMISSION.
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I will examine the history of this policy and its criticisms, as well as its relation to Todaro and Smith's examination of the population explosion and the possible negative consequences of population escalation, the Malthusian Population Trap, and Dependency Theory.
Scharping, 2003) Essentially, Deng Xiaoping and his economic planners were worried about a Maulthusian Population Trap, which will be discussed later.
In some cases this can even lead to what is known as a Malthusian Population Trap.
From point A to B, a population trap is represented.
The way these population traps translate to modern-day poor nations is that these countries will not be able to rise greatly beyond subsistence level without either the preventative check of birth control or "positive checks.
As Jodi Jacobson of the Health and Development Project stated, "You can never help women out of the population trap unless you help them out of the poverty trap, and you will never help them out of the poverty trap until you take steps to equalize access to resources.

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