Population – The difference in views.

This post comes from the teachings of our economics teacher, Mr. Sanjeev sir. A really awesome teacher.

I’m sure this post can go on and on if I were to let it. But I’m going to make it concise and just state a few points.

When the question of “Why population explosion?” is being discussed, few factors become extremely relevant. And one among them is poverty.

Does poverty increase population or does poverty decrease population? I do not know what answer came into your mind, but I’m pretty much sure that your first thought would have been inclined towards poverty decreasing population. I mean after all, a guy has to feed his kids right? And for that he needs money. So it must be inversely proportional.

The thing is, in most cases it is directly proportional.

I only wish to state two cases in this context. One is a beggar’s and the other is that of a person who enjoys a high standard of living.

The thought of the beggar is not  going to be how he is going to feed his kids if they are born. On the contrary, he sees his each child as a source of income for him. On an emotional level, this can be debated. But hey, economics doesn’t include emotions. Facts are facts and whatever you might feel, this is what is happening.

So, as many kids as the beggar has, as much his income increases. And as much children they have, that much the probability of one or two among them reaching a stable position and supporting them.

However, on the flip side of the coin, what does the guy who has money think? Each child he has is going to reduce his income. He has to raise them and support them till they reach a point where they can take care of themselves. As such, he is going to have lesser number of children.

A beggar’s son will start earning while he is 4 or 5 years old on the streets. At least by begging. But imagine a rich man’s son working at that age. It is not going to happen.

It is interesting to see how much money affects the way see and perceive life.



4 thoughts on “Population – The difference in views.

  1. There is a saying here “Banyak anak banyak rejeki” (a lot of kids a lot of rizky) :). I believe that each person even before they were born, Allah has prepared for them their sustenance (even the womb is so perfect, right?). I have so many stories from around me and even from my own personal experience that there is an increase in sustenance when a baby is born. It just comes through ways I didn’t think it was possible before.

    But, yeah, you are right, the people where I live, the more higher their economic level, the lesser children they have :). I don’t know why. Though, the lower economic level people don’t see their children are there to beg. Its just I guess we have so much experience in our faith in God that we don’t worry anymore ;). My mother-father in-law started off in a lower economic level; they had 5 children. My father-mother started off in a higher economic level; they had 2 children.

    One thing I know, don’t believe in western economics; they make you depressed and feel that there is not enough for everyone ^o^. The system they make is like that. Think about it, why are the countries that are labeled ‘poor’ or ‘third world’ are actually the ones who have a lot of resources and are exporting? Why the ‘developed’ countries are more consuming?

    Aah… this needs to be researched :). Good topic!

    • Well, for one thing religious values and emotions have no role in economics.

      Let me give you an example about taking care of your children and taking care of your dad. As far as children are concerned, the more you take care of them giving them proper food and letting them stay healthy, the more perfect men they will be tomorrow and as such, a benefit to the society and an asset to the economy. They become producing citizens.

      But when it comes to taking care of your dad whose is about 70 or so, no matter how much you care and nurture him, he is not going to actively contribute anything to the economy. He is just a burden and waste of our resources as far as economics is concerned.

      But do we even think in the above two ways? No. The values and morals that we carry with us, whoever we be, simply won’t allow us to think like that. And that’s why you will have to kill your conscious if you want to become an economist. And maybe that is exactly the reason why I’m not interested in doing any “business management courses” as they all put your mind into the frame work of seeing all around you in terms of money.

      There are a few cool statistics that would prove against the ‘vigor’ of these so called ‘developed countries’. I mean statistics that show the state of individuals there rather than as a whole country. But it would be much controversial to put it up over here.

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