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World Economic Survey 1973

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Part one: Population and Development. This report is the twenty-fifth in a series of comprehensive reviews of world economic conditions published by the United Nations. On the occasion of the World Population Year (1974), part one of World Economic Survey 1973 examines the recent interrelationships between demographic change and the process of socio-economic development. Part two: Current Economic Developments, presents and overview of world production and trade and analyses the three main features of the global economic scene in 1973—the rise in commodity prices, the world food situation and the world energy situation. It also examines the recent economic developments affecting the supply and use of resources and the state of internal and external balance in the world.

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The impact of recent demographic changes in the developed market economies

Concern over questions of population has increased in the developed market economies in recent years in three distinct but interrelated respects. The most frequently expressed concern relates to population size, especially as it impinges on certain natural resources —water, minerals and land area usable for farming, building and recreation. Linked to that is the question of the rate of population growth, regarded not only as a matter of increasing size but also in terms of the resultant changes in age composition. And, linked in other ways to the size and growth of population, is its geographical distribution: changes in that distribution, through migration—chiefly towards employment— have also become a matter of considerable concern in many countries.

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