A brief overview of the relationships between population change and economic development, written for readers unfamiliar with the subject. The paper touches on the scale and pace of world development, the economic consequences of population size and rate of growth, patterns of demographic transition, and the scope for policy measures aimed at speeding that transition.
McNicoll, Geoffrey. 2003. "Population and development: An introductory view," Policy Research Division Working Paper no. 174. New York: Population Council.