Neo-malthusianism is a set of doctrines derived from Thomas Malthus's theory that limited resources keep populations in check and reduce economic growth. Current proponent of Neo-Malthusianism is the Club of Rome. Scholars working with the original Malthus Theory included the advocated use of contraception to the theory which formed the basic views of Neo-Malthusianism.

Malthus believed population growth was exponential, and agricultural growth was arithmetic; therefore, population growth will increase at such a rate that eventually there won't be enough food for the subsistence of the population. This appears to describe rather accurately sociodemographic dynamics of complex pre-industrial societies and serves as a basis for modern mathematical models of long-term historical dynamics (see, e.g., Peter Turchin 2003; Peter Turchin et al. 2007).


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Thomas Robert Malthus, FRS (13th February, 1766 – 29th December, 1834), was an English demographer and political economist. He is best known for his highly influential views on population growth.
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The Club of Rome is a global think tank that deals with a variety of international political issues.

The foundation of the Club of Rome

The Club of Rome was founded in April 1968 by Aurelio Peccei, an Italian industrialist, and Alexander King, a Scottish scientist.
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Peter Turchin
Born 1958
Residence USA
Nationality Russia
Field Population dynamics, historical dynamics
Institutions University of Connecticut
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Malthusianism is a brand of the Manchester School capitalist-type political/economic thought developed during the industrial revolution on the basis of the writings of Thomas Malthus.
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The Malthusian growth model, sometimes called the simple exponential growth model, is essentially exponential growth based on a constant rate of compound interest. The model is named after the Reverend Thomas Malthus, who authored
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