- Alvin Hansen (Harvard economist) writing in the American Economic Review in 1939: reduced population growth in the 1930s (half of 1920s rates) was a large reason for the Great Depression.
- Modern Population alarmists such as Paul Ehrlich argue that continued population growth will descend the planet into Depression.
Question: what level or growth rate of the population is “just right?” By the way, Hansen is half-right. Population growth did fall sharply in the Great Depression. But as Benjamin Anderson points out, this was likely due to the Great Depression.