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.


Has Thailand’s fertility decline stalled?

Probably the most important demographic development to occur during the last quarter century has been the onset of fertility decline in a number of third world countries. While most Sub-Saharan African countries as well as a number in the Middle East and West Asia have yet to participate in this phenomenon, fertility in countries elsewhere in Asia and in much of Latin America has started down a path towards levels far lower than have ever prevailed in their modern histories. Given that mortality declines preceded the fall in fertility, and that most of these populations have been experiencing unprecedented rapid population growth rates at levels that would lead to extraordinary numbers of people in just decades, most observers concerned with population matters view the onset of fertility decline as a logical and welcome development.


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