The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth


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4.1.1 Demographic transition. © KHAN Academy 

4.1.7 Don’t panic: the truth about population, 7 November 2013 © BBC

4.2.2 Capital in the Twenty-First Century, BBC Newsnight, 30 April 2014 © BBC


Introduction: extract from: Steven Edwards: UNFPA (2015) ‘10 things you didn’t know about the world’s population’ Available via news/ 10-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-world%E2%80%99s-population,

4.1.2: Extract from: May, J.F. (2012) World Population Policies, Their Origin, Evolution and Impact, London, Springer

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