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The Malthusian Argument
» Practice Questions
1. In Mathlus’ 1798 book suggests there are diminishing returns to and a fixed amount of land. It follows in his argument that growing populations will eventually _____________________________.
shrink as the land will not produce enough food to support the population’s needs
grow further as people switch from farming to fishing in oceans
2. In general, the predictions of the Malthusian model have shown to be ___________________ during recent history.
almost always true
false in wealthier countries, but true in developing nations