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Engaging with Malthus: Joseph J. Spengler and Economic Demography

By Thomas Aten

This research paper analyzes the development of Joseph J. Spengler’s interpretation of Thomas Robert Malthus’s work through its three stages, first the stage of quantitative analysis, second, the analysis of early American and French thinkers using Malthus as a critical lens, and third, Spengler’s “Restatement and Reappraisal” of Malthusian theory.

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Advisor: E. Roy Weintraub

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