Business 2000: Learn the economics of population

The area of population is one that Leaving Cert students should know in details for their economics course, writes Rachel Farrell.

4th March, 2012
Business 2000: Learn the economics of population
Ireland's population is set to explode in the next half-century, and is predicted to grow to 6.5 million by 2060. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Over-population, under-population and optimum population are economics terms that Leaving Cert students are expected to be familiar with.

Over-population occurs when the economic resources of a country are unable to support the increase in population without causing a decline in the standard of living. China is the most populated country in the world, though it will be soon overtaken by India.

Over-population contributes to many problems, including unemployment, a low standard of living, pressure on...

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