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Malthus, Thomas [(mal-thuhs)]

A British economist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially concerned with overpopulation.

Note: Malthusian theories hold that populations will always increase faster than food supplies and that, therefore, hunger will always exist among the poorest populations (see Malthusianism).
Note: Malthus's pessimistic views, along with those of David Ricardo, earned economics the reputation of being the “dismal science.”
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