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Resource scarcities can lead to constrained agricultural and economic productivity, causing widespread poverty.
Homer-Dixon acknowledges that the human ability to generate ideas, what he terms ingenuity, is a crucial factor that can help people overcome resource scarcities.
Also, as most scarcities are local rather than universal, areas can trade a share of a pie that is locally abundant for a share of another pie that is locally scarce, thereby benefiting from comparative advantages.
They argue rather that local resource scarcities arise and persist because market mechanisms and technological developments often fail to work locally in many developing countries, thereby limiting ingenuity.
43) His discussion of cornucopians and neo-Malthusians sides squarely with the latter, and he gives seven reasons why cornucopians cannot assume that human beings will be able to use their ingenuity to overcome scarcities as they have in the past.