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.


Population growth and economic development

Since 1950, population growth rates in developing countries have averaged around 2 per cent per year, enough to double the size of a country’s population in 35 years. The calculation is not merely hypothetical; the population of the developing world (Africa, Latin America and Asia, except Japan) has in fact doubled between 1950, when it numbered 1.7 billion, and 1984, when it reached 3.6 billion.


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