Malthusian theory: Is it inevitable?
Sharanya Jain
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03/08/2021
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The most well-known population theory is the Malthusian theory. In 1798, Thomas Robert Malthus published his article on the “principle of population.” His theory is pretty basic. In his own words, “Human food naturally multiplies slowly; man himself develops in fast geometric proportions, if adversity and vice do not hold him back.” Livelihoods must restrict […]

The most well-known population theory is the Malthusian theory. In 1798, Thomas Robert Malthus published his article on the “principle of population.” His theory is pretty basic. In his own words, “Human food naturally multiplies slowly; man himself develops in fast geometric proportions, if adversity and vice do not hold him back.”

Livelihoods must restrict population increase. Inevitability of population growth as income levels rise, unless strong and visible regulations are in place to prevent it. That is, population size is governed by food availability; the more the food production, the bigger the population size that could control fatalities from food scarcity and poverty would restrict the maximum potential population asserts that population growth will balance improved food production.

Malthus believed that a man’s sexual desire to produce children knew no boundaries. He appeared to assume that human fecundity had no bounds. However, the earth’s ability to generate food is limited. Maltus thought that the law of diminishing returns applied to agriculture and that its application prohibited food production from rising in proportion to labour and capital spent in agriculture.

According to the third hypothesis, when a country’s food supply rises, individuals would father more children and have larger families, increasing demand for food and decreasing demand for food per person again, according to Malthus, according to people in People’s Lives be prolonged indefinitely. Concerning the fourth suggestion, Malthus stated that there were two probable outcomes.

Given the fast population growth, it would have been predicted that the population would rapidly hit resource limitations, prompting some of the “positive controls” to kick in, decreasing the population to subsistence levels. If Malthus’ hypothesis is correct, this would indicate that population and existence have a straight negative connection, while all other elements stay constant.

As a result, every increase in population reduces the subsistence level and vice versa. This underlying premise of ceteris partibus proves to be the primary weakness in Malthus’ hypothesis.

External variables such as technological advancements and agricultural advancements have been discovered to be factors that soften the connection between population and subsistence level. Furthermore, changes in social structure as well as government policy served as additional elements that helped people to escape a situation in which population demand outstripped resource availability.

Despite these flaws, Malthusian doctrine contains a significant lot of truth. Although the Malthusian concept does not apply to Western Europe or England, its primary instruments

have been ingrained in the population of these nations. Overpopulation and unhappiness are the result of Malthusian attitude and pessimism.

Indeed, Malthus warned the people of Europe of the dangers of overpopulation, and they began to implement measures to reduce it. The fact that individuals utilise preventative measures on a large scale, such as late marriage and different contraception and birth control procedures, demonstrates the importance of Malthusian rule.

Even prominent economists such as Marshall and Pigou, as well as sociologists such as Darwin, were affected by this idea when they included it into their theories. And, first frightened by Malthusian worries of overpopulation, Keynes subsequently spoke of “certain economic repercussions of population decrease.” Isn’t it the dread of Malthusian predictions that has driven France’s population decline?

The Malthusian concept may not apply to your current location, yet it has an impact on two thirds of the universe.Except for Japan, he has authority over all of Asia, Africa, and South America. India was one of the first countries to use family planning at the state level in order to manage population growth. They utilise positive controls such as floods, wars, droughts, and disuse.The birth and death rates are quite high.

The population is growing at a pace of about 2% each year. The true objective of population policy, however, is to reduce poverty in order to rapidly raise per capita productivity. As a result, the Malthusian hypothesis is completely relevant to developing nations such as India. Walker was correct when he stated, “Malthusian theory applies to all societies, regardless of skin colour or geographic location. He was enraged all around it.”

Preventive measures have an impact on population increase by decreasing the birth rate. Human-applied preventive controls are those that are put in place to keep things from getting out of hand. Preventive controls are the result of human foresight, which allows them to perceive far-reaching effects. having big families

He believes that if a family has a big number of children, the family’s level of living will fall; You may feel that if you have a large family to maintain, you will face greater difficulty and harder labour than you do now. When there are more, you may not be able to provide a suitable education for your children.

Also, if you are unable to sustain your children, you may not want to expose them to poverty or charity. These factors may compel a guy to limit his family. Preventive measures used by males to limit the family include late marriage and self-control during married life.

Sharanya Jain
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Sharanya Jain is currently in her seniormost grade at school and a volunteer in the Newsletter department at Svadhyaya. She plans to do her bachelors in molecular biology.
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