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The Problems of Overpopulation Chapter 9. Population and Quality of Life Environmental degradation Hunger Persistent poverty Economic stagnation Urban.

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1 The Problems of Overpopulation Chapter 9

2 Population and Quality of Life Environmental degradation Hunger Persistent poverty Economic stagnation Urban deterioration Health issues Primary problems with overpopulation:

3 Population and Quality of Life Population and World Hunger

4 Population and Quality of Life Different proposed strategies for reducing hunger: 1) Strictly control population growth 2) Stimulate economic development 3) Provide better equitability of resources (Who should provide/enforce these?)

5 Population and Quality of Life Economic Effects of Continued Population Growth Competing hypotheses: Hyp 1: Rapid population growth  ↑economic development + ↑technological innovation. Why would they think this? Hyp 2: Rapid population growth does the opposite.

6 Population and Quality of Life Economic Effects of Continued Population Growth Debt in Developing Countries: Loans from: - World Bank, - International Monetary Fund (IMF)

7 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate Why is Total Fertility Typically High? Gender defined roles High fertility to compensate for high mortality Work expectations of children Religious beliefs

8 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate The Social and Economic Status of Women Gender inequity is common worldwide Percent illiteracy of men and women in select developing countries, 2002

9 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate The Social and Economic Status of Women Gender inequity is common worldwide Younger age of marriage  ↑ fertility rates

10 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate The Social and Economic Status of Women Gender inequity is common worldwide Younger age of marriage  ↑ fertility rates Higher level of education  ↓ fertility rates

11 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate Family Planning Services

12 Achieving Population Stabilization Discuss some of the ethical issues associated with overpopulation: Is it ethical to have more than 2 children? Is it ethical to consume too much in the way of material possessions? Is it ethical to try to influence a couple’s decision about family size?

13 Government Policies and Fertility Case-in-Point: The Global Summit on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) Focused on: Reproductive rights Empowerment of women Reproductive health Results??

14 Government Policies and Fertility China’s Controversial Family Planning Policy One child per family Since 1979 Financial incentives Main problems with policy: Eroded personal freedom - penalties Disproportionate number of males born (abortion/killing of female infants?)

15 Government Policies and Fertility India’s Severe Population Pressure Early efforts (1976) centered on compulsory sterilization after three kids. (which was a complete failure) Currently attempting to integrate economic development and family planning. (total fertility rates have dropped from 5.3 to 3.1 over 20 years)

16 Government Policies and Fertility Mexico’s Young Age Structure Strong positive population growth momentum due to high (35%) young. Government measures (e.g., education reform) have reduced the fertility rate from 6.7 to 2.8 over 30 years. Radio, TV advertising, public schools.

17 Government Policies and Fertility The Population Challenge in Nigeria Most populous African country with high a fertility rate (5.7) & low life expectancy (52). Birth control use very low (8%). Government attempting to improve health care and encourage marrying later (50% women married by age 17).

18 Government Policies and Fertility Population Concerns in Europe: Opposite of most areas — fertility rate very low, population declines. Pronatalists predict overwhelmed pension programs and loss of economic growth. –Government policies should give incentives for larger families. Opponents predict technological innovations will spur economic growth and the elderly will be asset to society.

19 Reducing the Total Fertility Rate Family Planning Services Selected Birth Control Methods: Oral contraceptives Implants IUD Spermicides Condom, male Rhythm


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