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Shifts in household demographics herald economic changes for Thailand

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Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Allison Greenspan

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 25

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)
Social conditions (Social policy)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Thailand


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.