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PN 1999-16: Why Slowing Population Growth in the Philippines is an Imperative

Sometime in the early 1970s, the Philippines and Thailand had about the same population size. Today, the Philippine population has grown so much bigger than that of Thailand. Why? Because Thailand pursued a population program with such vigor that it was able to bring down its annual population growth rate. In the mid-1960s, the Philippines had a higher per capita income than Thailand. Today, Thais have per capita incomes almost two-and-a-half times higher than Filipinos. Is there a connection somewhere?

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
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Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C.; Pernia, Ernesto M.; demographic economics; population and family relation;
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