Top economist writes book on Philippine population

Top economist writes book on Philippine population

by UA&P News Desk on July 29, 2011 - 4:00 pm

The Philippines’ growing population has strengthened foreign exchange and purchasing power to the developing nation’s promising economy, according to a new book by Dr. Bernardo Villegas, one of the country’s top economists.

Dr. Bernardo Villegas, author of 'Positive Dimensions of Population Growth'

Published by the Center for Research and Communication, Positive Dimensions of Population Growth compiles essays that discuss historical trends, empirical findings and policy updates pertaining to the thesis that population growth is a positive factor in attaining sustainable human development.

The book, launched this July, also contains a foreword by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, President of the Asian Institute of Management and former finance secretary.

“You know the saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’– and there are thousands of cradles worldwide being rocked by Filipino hands,” Mr. de Ocampo wrote.

Dr. Villegas, who have been following the Malthusian debate for decades, reiterated in a press conference today that population growth does not lead to poverty.

“Neo-Malthusian theory … has been proved wrong so many times,” he said. “In (the) book, I document all these evidences I’m referring to.”

For copy orders, please contact Ms. Girlie Caedo at 637-0912 local 350 or 6345874 or email CRC@uap.edu.ph.

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