Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: A Model of Ecological Interaction between Two Populations

Journal title QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria
Author/s Giovanni Scarano
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2013/4 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 99-115 File size 354 KB
DOI 10.3280/QU2013-004004
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The paper proposes an analysis of the relations between economic growth, population growth and natural ecosystem carrying capacity, applying an ecological economics approach. Starting from construction of a standard economic growth model, we introduce the effect of a natural renewable resource. The aim of the paper is to analyse the sustainable growth conditions emerging from the linear interaction model of the two populations. Connection between the biological and economic aspects of the model is achieved by integrating the concept of carrying capacity for the human population with that of subsistence, a concept of classical economics perfectly consistent with Malthusian demographic analysis. EconLit Classification: O410, O440, J110, Q200

Keywords: Economic Growth, Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, Subsistence, Renewable Resources

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Giovanni Scarano, Crescita economica e sostenibilità ambientale: un modello d’interazione ecologica tra due popolazioni in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 4/2013, pp 99-115, DOI: 10.3280/QU2013-004004