Savings and Fertility: Ethical Issues



    1. PARTHA DASGUPTA is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. His publications have covered theoretical, environmental, industrial, development, and welfare economics. His most recent book is An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution (Oxford University Press, 1993).
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  • This article is dedicated to James Meade, who introduced me to the problem of optimum population and urged me to work on it when I was a graduate student. Over the years I have also gained much from discussions with Kenneth Arrow, Simon Blackburn, Charles Blackorby, David Donaldson, John Harsanyl, David Heyd, James Mirrlees, John Rawls, Paul Seabright, and, most especially, from an extended correspondence with John Broome. In preparing the final version of this paper, I have benefited from the comments of the Editors of Philosophy & Public Affairs.