Changing Faces of Indonesia's Population

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 23 March 2011


Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Aris Ananta (Senior Research Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore)


Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 3794
by Aris Ananta and Evi Nurvidya Arifin

Demographically, Indonesia has changed a lot. Its fertility and mortality levels have been around replacement level-some even estimate that Indonesia has achieved below replacement level fertility such as found in many advanced countries. Indeed, population in some provinces and districts in Indonesia have been below replacement level since early 1990s. Not only experiencing rapid changes in fertility and mortality, Indonesia is also witnessing important changes in trend and pattern of population mobility. The population issues in today Indonesia have been very different from those in the 1970s and even 1980s.

Furthermore, the rapid changes in the three components of population dynamics have resulted in a very different age and sex structure of Indonesia’s population, including the regional distribution within Indonesia. These changes imply very different faces of Indonesia’s population. Coupled with the political changes, from an authoritarian to a democratizing era, and globalization, this changing faces of Indonesia’s population have many interesting social, economic, and political implications for Indonesia and other countries.

The seminar will touch issues on this rapid demographic changes and some of social, economic, and political implications.

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