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Rising Population and Food Insecurity Linkages in Pakistan: Testing Malthusian Population Growth Theory

Khalil Ahmad and Amjad Ali ()

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Abstract: Specific amount of food and safe drinking water are basic necessities of living human-beings. The human population of the universe is touching its highest level and counted more than seven billion, it is going towards facing a great famine as predicated by Malthus (1798) . The positive and preventive checks of Malthus (1798) can be observed empirically in different parts of the world (Swaminathan and Feng 1994). The study has tested the population theory of Malthus in case of Pakistan. For investigating the long run relationship among the variables of the model Johanson cointegration technique is applied. For examining the short run dynamic Error Correction Model (ECM) is applied. The results of the study of the study supported that the Malthusian theory about the population and income growth in the case of Pakistan. Furthermore, higher population growth rate increases the food insecurity not only in long run but also in short run in case of Pakistan.

Keywords: population growth; food insecurity; gross domestic product; consumer price index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E01 E31 Q18 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-gro, nep-pr~ and nep-mac
Date: 2016-01
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