The show welcomes back Dr. Jessica Vechbanyongratana, an economist at Chulalongkorn University, to discuss the cold, hard data on Thailand’s demographics.
It sounds vague and geeky at first, but the more you look into it, the more you realize just how much you can tell about Thailand by observing things like the age that people are getting married and retiring at, how many kids they’re having, the rate of household debt, and how all of these things will affect the next generation.
Jessica discusses the link between all of these, as well as the changing logistics of operating a university when there’s not enough students to go around and what she sees her students doing as they enter the “real world” and start to get jobs. She also talks about what to expect when you grow old in Thailand, especially if you’re going to rely on the social safety nets which, to be honest, look about as robust as the green fishing nets you see draped over piers in Ko Samui.
Lots of other great insights into how Thailand is moving into 2022 and beyond, and the indicators we can keep an eye on to give us an idea of how things are changing.