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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Less developed countries

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Less developed countries  (LESS developed countries)

Economists have emphasized the dynamic relations between economic growth 1 or economic development 1 and rates of population growth and changes in population structure; they are less interested today in the static concept of an optimum size, than in the dynamic concept of the optimum rate of growth 2 of population, i.e., the rate of growth which will be consistent with the maximum rate of increase of the level of living. These relations are of particular concern in countries with a low level of living, which have come to be called less developed countries 3 or developing countries 3.

  • 3. Also: underdeveloped countries or low-income countries. They are commonly contrasted with the developed countries, or more developed countries.