Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bun Song Lee

Second Advisor

Dr. Gordon V. Karels

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Suzuki


In common with other developing countries, Thailand experiences an accelerating and unfavorable redistribution of its population, resulting from the rapid population growth in combination with unevenly spread modernization in the country. The purpose of this study is to assess long-term trends in migratory behavior in Thailand. This study is divided into two sections. The first section focuses on the national geography, patterns of migration, rural/urban distribution, urbanization, and characteristics of migrants in Thailand. The first section includes the discussions of several economists whose works are relevant to this study. Also included at the beginning of the first section are the reviews of several articles which are important to the development of this field. For-the first part, the data are collected from the study of Sidney Goldstein (1977, 1985); The 1970 and 1980 Population and Housing Census: Subject Report Number 2 ; Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Country Report: Thailand? and Institute of Population Studies (Asean population Programme): Migration in Relation to Rural Development; Self-help Land Settlement in Thailand. The second section attempts to assess long-term trends in migration behavior by applying a multiple regression analysis to the data collected from The 1970 and 1980 Population and Housing Census. Double-log relationships were fitted.


University of Nebraska at Omaha A Thesis Submitted to Dr. Bun Song Lee, Dr. Gordon V. Karels, Dr. Peter Suzuki, In Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts Department of Economics, Omaha, Nebraska. Copyright 1986, Kovit Charnvitayapong

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