Here’s an excellent piece from Bernardo Villegas:
MANILA, Philippines — I have spent more than forty years of my professional life telling economists, business people, academics, politicians, government officials and the public at large that population growth can be a most positive factor in the attainment of long-term sustainable human development.
My advocacy of a culture of life was actually prompted by the scientific studies of one of my professors in the doctoral program in economics at Harvard in the early 1960s, the famous Nobel laureate Simon Kuznets. As the father of national income accounting and a notable economic historian, he showed through empirical research that population growth was a major stimulus in the industrial revolution and economic growth that happened in the more advanced economies during the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth history.
With data pertaining to almost a century of economic development, he convinced us his students and many of his colleagues in the economics department of Harvard that there was no truth to the Malthusian theory of development and that population growth was a very positive contributor to long-term economic growth….
Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew has already publicly acknowledged that the stop-at-two campaign during his time as Prime Minister was a mistake, considering the demographic winter that his country is now experiencing. Very recently, the Chinese are reconsidering their one-child policy because of the very real prospect that China will be one of the first countries in the history of mankind to grow old before becoming rich.
Strangely enough, even with 1.3 billion people, China is now suffering from acute labor shortages in key industrial cities and a tremendous imbalance between the male and female populations.
Read this in its entirety at THIS LINK.