Thomas Malthus

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Noun1.Thomas Malthus - an English economist who argued that increases in population would outgrow increases in the means of subsistence (1766-1834)Thomas Malthus - an English economist who argued that increases in population would outgrow increases in the means of subsistence (1766-1834)
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1) Malthusian scarcity is based on the physical limits associated with natural resources, while Ricardian scarcity is based on the idea that natural resources decrease in quality.
Although Barrera admits that the industrial revolution has made the principle of population inapplicable, he believes that Malthusian scarcity is a feature of the social world that persists and is widespread (sometimes in the book these two expressions seem to be used synonymously.
So perhaps by Malthusian scarcity he means present-day poverty.