Malthusian theory

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Noun1.malthusian theory - Malthus' theory that population increase would outpace increases in the means of subsistenceMalthusian theory - Malthus' theory that population increase would outpace increases in the means of subsistence
economic theory - (economics) a theory of commercial activities (such as the production and consumption of goods)
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Those days the ministry had such mundane concerns as fighting polio and proving the Malthusian theory wrong.
out of such depraved conceptions this professed man of God formulated a monstrous doctrine, the Malthusian Theory that man is a mere breeding machine like the codfish whose progeny, but for "slaughter of the innocents," would devour all subsistence and be self-extinguished.
Brentano (1909), a German economist, was one of the most famous critics of the Malthusian theory (Jost 2002).
element altogether, Sen refutes Malthusian theory by demonstrating the
1) In this particular study, environmental determinism is most visible in the Malthusian theory of population: the principle that human populations grow exponentially while food production grows at an arithmetic rate.
The Malthusian theory of population growth gave Britain's rising middle class exactly the moral insulation it needed to defend its selfishness.
Over the last half century, the Malthusian theory has been disproved time and time again.
That is the argument behind the Malthusian theory that the human population tends to increase faster than its means of subsistence, which will ultimately lead to some kind of global calamity.
To cite just one example: Persson points out correctly that Malthusian theory does not adequately explain the change in demographic patterns in early modern Europe, when small families with somewhat higher living standards became the norm in much of northwestern Europe; this development cannot, however, adequately be explained by saying that "pre-industrial mankind was, like modern mankind, capable of seeing that there was a trade-off between consumption of other goods, the quality of children (their nutritional status, say) and the number of children" (p.