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Investment report: Population boom—and bust

Population imbalances are straining the global economy, says Nick Carn, and it does not help that governments are committing to future spending they cannot afford

By Nick Carn   November 2011

As the world population reaches 7bn, poor countries worry that they have too many people and rich countries worry that they will have too few. [See Bronwen Maddox’s cover story] From an Olympian perspective there seems to be an obvious, if only partial solution to this problem. But this solution has almost no chance of being implemented and, if anything, the tide is running against increased migration. This state of affairs tells us that the issues of world population and its investment implications are not entirely those of pressure on resources but are at least partly questions of technology, politics…

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