Malthus in Perspective

  • Lord Robbins


May I begin by congratulating our ex-President on the content and the manner of his address. As I sat listening to it, I could not help thinking of the pleasure it would have given to Malthus himself, whose bicentenary we meet to commemorate. I am sure that he would have heard it with both interest and gratification: with interest because, as we know, he had an endless curiosity to discover how the broad tendencies in population growth which he detected actually worked themselves out in practice — and Mauritius is a most piquant example; with gratification because he could not but feel that, whatever the failure of fact to conform to his gloomier predictions in the decades immediately following the publication of his essay, recent developments — the developments to which Professor Meade has been drawing our attention — were abundant justification for his diagnosis.


Classical Economist Travel Diary Population Theory Practical Judgement Realistic Tendency 
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  1. 3.
    Malthus, Principles of Political Economy (1820) p. 32.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    On all this aspect of Malthus, see Dr Bernard Corry’s Money, Saving and Investment in English Economics, 1800–1850 (1962), especially pp. 125–33.Google Scholar

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  • Lord Robbins
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  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

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