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John E. Knodel

Research Professor Emeritus, Population Studies Center.

Professor Emeritus, Sociology.

Ph.D., Princeton University

Dr. Knodel has conducted research in the areas of social demography in developing countries (specializing in Southeast Asia and particularly Thailand) and European historical demography. During the last two decades his studies focused mainly on issues related to the older aged population including the AIDS epidemic impact on older persons, how migration of adult children affects older age parents, and broad assessments of the situation of older persons. His current research focuses on Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and involves country-specific and comparative studies of the status of and support systems for the elderly. His research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, and virtually all of it is conducted in collaboration with colleagues in the region.

Recent Publications

Comprehensive Reports

Knodel, John E. 2014. The situation of older persons in Myanmar: results from the 2012 survey of older persons (Revised 2014). Yangon: HelpAge International Myanmar country office. (in collaboration with HelpAge international staff) Abstract. Public Access.

Knodel, John E., Vipan Prachuabmoh, and Napaporn Chayovan. 2013. The Changing Well-being of Thai Elderly: An Update from the 2011 Survey of Older Persons in Thailand. HelpAge International. Abstract. Public Access.

Knodel, John E., and Napaporn Chayovan. 2009. Population Ageing and the Well-Being of Older Persons in Thailand: Past trends, current situation and future challenges. UNFPA Thailand. Abstract. PDF.

Knodel, John E., Jiraporn Kespichayawattana, Suvinee Wiwatwanich, and Chanpen Saengtienchai. 2007. Migration and Intergenerational Solidarity: Evidence from Rural Thailand. Bangkok: UNFPA. Abstract.

Journal Articles

Teerawichitchainan, B., and John E. Knodel. Forthcoming. "Economic Status and Old-Age Health in Poverty-Stricken Myanmar." Journal of Aging and Health. DOI. Abstract.

Teerawichitchainan, Bussarawan, John E. Knodel, and Wiraporn Pothisiri. 2015. "What does living alone really mean for older persons? A comparative study of Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand." Demographic Research, 32: 1329-1360. DOI. Abstract.

Knodel, John E., and Wiraporn Pothisiri. 2015. "Intergenerational Living Arrangements in Myanmar and Thailand: A Comparative Analysis." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 30(1): 1-20. DOI. Abstract.

Knodel, John E., and Minh Duc Nguyen. Online Access 2014. "Grandparents and Grandchildren: Care and Support in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam." Ageing & Society, . DOI. Abstract.

Knodel, John E. 2014. "Is Intergenerational Solidarity Really on the Decline? Cautionary Evidence from Thailand." Asian Population Studies, 10(2): 2014. DOI. Abstract.

Knodel, John E. 2014. "The Situation of Older Persons in Myanmar: An Overview." BOLD, 24(3): 9-16. Abstract. Public Access.

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