Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Economic independence, family support and perceived health status of the elderly: Recent evidence from India

The sharp dip in fertility rates in recent years, combined with falling mortality rates over the last four decades, is leading to an increase in the absolute and relative size of the elderly population in developing countries (Rajan, Sarma and Mishra, 2003). It has been observed that the speed of population ageing is very fast in some countries of South and South-East Asia (Population Reference Bureau, 2006). As a result, issues related to ageing are becoming important in those countries (Liebig and Rajan, 2003).


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