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The Population Factor in the Economies of Southern Africa

  • J. L. Sadie

Abstract

Population, as a factor in the economy, has two dimensions: a qualitative and a quantitative. Viewed quantitatively, it can be both a depressant and a stimulant The former function is easily appreciated when numbers are considered as the divisor in the ratio national product/population, which yields the product per capita. The larger the denominator, the smaller the ratio. Population is a stimulant when its increase is a motive force evoking economic action which would not have materialised otherwise.

Keywords

Labour Force Accelerate Development Southern African Region Southern African Country Subsistence Sector 
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Notes

  1. 4.
    W. A. Hance, Population, Migration and Urbanisation in Africa (1970) p. 412.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Africa Institute of South Africa, Southern Africa at a Glance (March 1972).Google Scholar

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© South African Institute of International Affairs 1974

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  • J. L. Sadie

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