A Flexible Programming Model to Study Problems of Population Economics

  • Bernard M. S. van Praag
  • Menno P. Pradhan
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Part of the Studies in Contemporary Economics book series (CONTEMPORARY)


In this paper, a normative model is constructed in order to calculate optimal growth patterns for economics with arbitrary population development, arbitrary social welfare functions, production functions and social security systems. It turns out that in almost all cases an optimal growth pattern is not synonymous with full employment, except in the classical case of exponential population growth.


Utility Function Social Security Rate Premium Saving Ratio Labor Endowment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard M. S. van Praag
    • 1
    • 2
  • Menno P. Pradhan
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Econometric InstituteErasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.The HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Erasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands

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