Demography and Health Care Reform

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version The President’s proposal for a national Health Security Act must deal with an aging population structure, problems involving immigration, fertility, AIDS and perhaps other plagues, and a changing labor force. Those issues will affect the proposal in ways that may not be immediately apparent and that were […]

Alice in Wonderland: U.S. Immigration Policy

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version Lewis Carroll would be proud. Present U.S. asylum and immigration policies bear the distinctive mark of the Mad Hatter. The Sequence of Events  As a starter, we have laws concerning the premissible levels of immigration – not very rigorous laws, perhaps – but then we create an […]

Ending Illegal Immigration: Make It Unprofitable

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version Illegal immigration, increasingly profitable for powerful interests,  has added as many as 12.5 million to the U.S. population  since 1960.  Ending the flow will demand a national consensus to fully fund enforcement, insulate it from pressures, and  mandate electronic verification of work eligibility. The public social costs […]

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 […]

Elephants in the Volkswagen: Facing the Tough Questions About Our Overcrowded Country

In the last century, the United States has grown from 75 million people to 250 million. Have we gone too far? How can an optimum population be identified and achieved, and how can we confront the problems now facing our overcrowded country? Negative Population Growth put these questions to specialists on the environment, food and […]