“Positive Dimensions on Population Growth” Book Launch
The Philippines’ growing population has strengthened foreign exchange and purchasing power to the developing nation’s promising economy, according to a new book by Dr. Bernardo Villegas, one of the country’s top economists.
Published by the Center for Research and Communication, Positive Dimensions of Population Growth compiles essays that discuss historical trends, empirical findings and policy updates pertaining to the thesis that population growth is a positive factor in attaining sustainable human development.
The book, launched this July, also contains a foreword by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, President of the Asian Institute of Management and former finance secretary. “You know the saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’– and there are thousands of cradles worldwide being rocked by Filipino hands,” Mr. de Ocampo wrote.
Dr. Villegas, who have been following the Malthusian debate for decades, reiterated in a press conference today that population growth does not lead to poverty. “Neo-Malthusian theory … has been proved wrong so many times,” he said. “In (the) book, I document all these evidences I’m referring to.”
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