Demographic Changes in Myanmar since 1983: An Examination of Official Data
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Population Council, Inc.
Population and Development Review
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 309–324, June 2013
How to Cite
Spoorenberg, T. (2013), Demographic Changes in Myanmar since 1983: An Examination of Official Data. Population and Development Review, 39: 309–324. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2013.00593.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
According to official estimate, the total population of Myanmar reached 59.8 million in 2010. Yet, serious doubt exists on the reliability of these data. From the body of empirical evidence, best estimates of mortality and fertility are derived and serve to reconstruct prospectively the population of the country from 1983 to 2010. Despite the uncertainty regarding the levels and trends in international migration, the results are unequivocal: given the observed development in mortality and fertility, the population of Myanmar could not have reached 59.8 million in 2010. In addition to encouraging reconsideration of current population estimates, this analysis should also prompt the government and the international community to redouble their efforts in preparing for the 2014 census; carrying out a high-quality count of the entire population, ideally followed by a post-enumeration survey; conducting a thorough analysis of the census data; and publicly releasing the census results and accompanying analytical volumes in a timely manner.