Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



The Feasibility of An Effective Population Policy for Pakistan

The purpose of the following discussion is threefold: to consider whether or not rapid population growth is an impediment to economic development in Pakistan; to assess the impact of alternative changes in population growth on the size and composition of national development plans; to consider means of manipulating population size and growth. Under the last group of problems, questions will be asked about the effectiveness of a government-directed family planning programme. Is a national population-policy a feasible operation at all? There is no evidence after four years of the Pakistan programme1 and only scanty evidence from abroad2. The major complaint in this respect will be…….

Karol J. Krotki

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