Malthus, Thomas Robert
ENGLISH CLASSICAL ECONOMIST AND CLERGYMAN
Thomas Robert Malthus is best remembered for his 1798 treatise titled
An Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future
Improvement of Society.
Thomas Robert Malthus.
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In that work, he argued that because food production increased
and human population increased in a more rapid
manner, society would ultimately face dire consequences because of
food availability. Because of this thesis, economics has been coined
"the dismal science." Detractors note that it is only a
hypothesis and not a proven theory. Furthermore, they argue that human
conditions since Malthus have improved in many ways due to technological
innovation. The Malthusian hypothesis today remains influential in
environmental thought because of its warning about unrestrained population
The International Society of Malthus Web site, edited by Ronald Bleier.