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An economics scholar's suggestion to start taxing the singles has highlighted a not so age-old problem

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When economics lecturer Terdsak Chomtohsuwan suggested in all seriousness that singles should pay more tax _ bachelor's tax, as some may call it _ he became an object of ridicule, anger and criticism. Terdsak has been mocked in the social media ("Will the government help me find a husband/wife if they don't want me to stay single," is a common jibe), while critics attacked his idea as absurd, unfair and groundless. 

But Terdsak wasn't joking when he floated the idea at a seminar earlier this month. While the plausibility of his proposition is yet to be explored and studied, his core message is not about bachelors _ or married couples with no children _ but about the country's worrying population trend and the problem of Thailand as an ageing society.

Illustration by Cosbisimages/Profile

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