Population Growth, Income Distribution, and Economic Development

Theory, Methodology, and Empirical Results

  • Nico┬áHeerink

Part of the Population Economics book series (POPULATION)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-20
  3. Methodological Issues

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      Pages 21-21
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      Pages 65-107
  4. Partial Studies

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      Pages 109-109
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  5. The Simultaneous-Equations Model

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-401

About this book


In this book, a model of long-term interrelationships between income distribution, population growth and economic development is developed and estimated from data for 54 countries. The results indicate that a reduction of income inequality leads to lower fertility and mortality, to improvedbasic needs satisfaction, and to lower labour force participation of young and old males and of females in Asia and Africa. The effect of income distribution on saving and consumption is found to be negligible. These outcomes suggest that family planning and health policies in LDCs will show better results when they are supplemented with policies aimed at makingthe poor benefit from economic growth. As regards development policy, the results indicate that a reduction of income inequality does not impair the formation of physical capital, but enhances the formation of human capital and lowers the growth rate of the labour force.


Einkommen demography econometrics economic development economic growth fertility growth income distribution income inequality inequality nonlinearity population population growth production welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Nico┬áHeerink
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Development EconomicsWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78573-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78571-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-6978
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