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T. Paul Schultz. Economics o[ Population. Reading, Mass. (USA): Addison – Wesley Publishing Co. 1981.

Unfortunately this is not the long-awaited textbook in economic demography. Indeed, it is not so much a text – a survey and introduction to the area – as it is a collection of essays on particular topics, often quite advanced and difficult for all but advanced students to follow. Also, the volume should, in all fairness, be subtitled “A Chicago Approach” since the philosophical and theoretical orientation as well as the methodological framework presented is totally that of the Becker Nerlove Chicago School. Easterlin, Leibenstein and the other non Chicago writers are mentioned only in passing. Thus, a beginner to the field would gel no feeling for the enormous, far-ranging controversies which continue to rage.

Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi

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