Shifts in household demographics herald economic changes for Thailand
Publication Date: January 1993
Publisher(s): East-West Center
Author(s): Allison Greenspan
Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 25
Thailand's demographic transition is noteworthy for its rapid pace and its impact on families and households. Steep declines in fertility and steady decreases in mortality over the past two decades have affected the size and character of Thailand's population and households, and trends point to continuing changes for the future. Life expectancy has increased, while population growth rates continue to slow. Total fertility has reached, and is expected to drop below, replacement level. Households are becoming smaller--and older. Changes in household size and characteristics have important social and economic consequences.