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NPG’s Forum Series features original research and analysis on U.S. population issues and policy from some of the most prominent writers in the population field. This page features our most recent Forum papers.
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What We Can Learn from the Missing Airline Passengers

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version The passenger manifests of airplanes flying into and out of the United States provide disturbing indications that immigration may be running at a substantially higher level than is generally supposed. If it is, the present estimate of US population and the Census projections for the future are […]

The Biologist and the Economist: Is Dialogue Possible?

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Nathan Keyfitz  When population issues arise in government or the press, economists’ advice is regularly sought, even though modern post-Keynesian economics offers very little methodological help in dealing with secular change or limits. Biology is perhaps the discipline best suited to offer systematic insights into the […]

The Plight of the Chesapeake

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Stephen Tennenbaum & Robert Costanza This is the thirteenth in a series of NPG Forum papers exploring the idea of optimum population ö what would be a desirable population size for the United States? Without any consensus even as to whether the population should be larger […]

Balancing Humans in the Biosphere: Escaping the Overpopulation Trap

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by Robert Costanza This is the eighth in a series of NPG Forum papers exploring the idea of optimum population what would be a desirable population size for the United States? Without any consensus even as to whether the population should be larger or smaller, the country […]

The Second Great Wall of China: Evolution of a Successful Policy of Population Control

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version by J. Mayone Stycos  J. Mayone Stycos is Director of the Cornell University Population andDevelopment Program, and the author of books and papers onpopulation problems in Latin America and the Middle East. Flushed with his victory over the Chinese nationalists, Mao proclaimed in 1949 that “Of all […]

Europe In the Energy Transition: The Case for a Smaller Population

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version When one has gotten used to anything, the prospect of change can be upsetting. West Europe’s population has been growing, probably, since the end of the Black Plague, and some writers are disturbed at the prospect that the trend may be reversing. The concern may be misplaced. […]

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