Society at a Glance offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues – such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction –as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators.
In addition to updating some of the indicators from previous editions, Society at a Glance 2009 adds several new and innovative social indicators, including adult height, perceived health status, risky youth behaviour and bullying. For the first time, the report also provides a condensed set of headline social indicators summarising social well-being in OECD countries. In addition, a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.
Table of contents:
Chapter 1. Headline Social Indicators -Introduction -Headline Social Indicators across the OECD -Eight Headline Indicators --Employment Rate for the Working-Age Population --Share of Students Aged 15 with Reading Competencies at Level 1 or Below --Gini Coefficient of Household disposable Income --Ratio of Median Earnings between Women and Men Working Full-Time --Life Expectancy at Age 65 --Infant Mortality Rate --Average Life Satisfaction --Share of People Who Have Been Victims of a Criminal Offense Chapter 2. Special Focus: Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries -The Economic Theory of Leisure Time -Trends in Residual of Paid Work Time -Allocation of Time over the Life Course -Leisure across the Average Day -Time Trends in Leisure from Time-Use Surveys -Patterns of Leisure Distribution -Types of Leisure Activities -Satisfaction with Time Spent on Different Activities -Mandatory Holidays and Leisure Time -Conclusion -Annex 2.A1. Main Features of Time-Use Surveys Chapter 3. Interpreting OECD Social Indicators -The Purpose of Social Indicators -The Framework of OECD Social Indicators -The Selection and Description of Indicators -What Can Be Found in This Publication Chapter 4. General Context Indicators -Net National Income per Capita -Fertility Rates -Migration -Marriage and Divorce Chapter 5. Self-Sufficiency Indicators -Employment -Unemployment -Childcare -Student Performance -Not in Employment, Education or Training -Age of Labour Force Exit -Spending on Education Chapter 6. Equity Indicators -Income Inequality -Poverty -Poverty among Children -Adequacy of Benefits of Last Resort -Public Social Spending -Total Social Spending Chapter 7. Health Indicators -Life Expectancy -Perceived Health Status -Infant Health -Obesity -Height -Mental Health -Long-Term Care Recipients -Health Care Expenditure Chapter 8. Social Cohesion Indicators -Life Satisfaction -Work Satisfaction -Crime Victimisation -Suicides -Bullying -Risky Behaviour