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Optimum rate of change

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Optimum rate of change  (OPTIMUM rate of change)

Recently economists have emphasized the dynamic relations between economic growth1 or economic development1 and rates of population growth and changes in population structure; they tend to use the concept of the optimum rate of change2 of population, i. e., the rate of growth which will be consistent with the maximum rate of increase of the level of living. This problem is particularly acute in countries with a low level of living, which have come to be called under-developed3 countries, where the relationship between population growth and economic well-being has been the subject of investigation.