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Pipe dreams and tunnel visions: economists and Australian population debates before the Baby Boom

Coleman, William

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Australia is notably, if not notoriously, a land of much space but few people. Its population density is, correspondingly, almost the lowest of any country in the world: only Namibia and Mongolia record a lower figure. Australia’s extreme divergence from the common human experience has been a magnet for strong reactions; and Australia’s small population has frequently judged either being a failing or a blessing. Economists, however, have in the past two generations tended to keep their silence...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research School of Economics (RSE)
Date published: 2012-03
Type: Working/Technical Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/9299

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