Last updated December 2010
Although the relationship between population growth and poverty has been a main issue since Malthus, research on
the impact of population growth on poverty is still ambiguous. On the one hand, families may have many children
because they find this serves their interests, but on the other hand, culture, traditions, and diverging interests in the
family may push fertility beyond economic sustainability. But the causal links have been difficult to determine.
An-Magritt Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Sociology and Political Science