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Society at a Glance 2014
OECD Social Indicators
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  18 Mar 2014
Pages: 144 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264206656 , OECD Code: 812013171E1
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The seventh edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators, this report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones; in total: 25 indicators. It includes data for the 34 OECD Member countries and where available data for key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) and for other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia). This report features a special chapter on the social impact of the recent crisis (Chapter 1) and provides a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators (Chapter 2). All indicators are available as a web book and e-book on OECD iLibrary, as is the related database.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and conventional signs 7
Editorial 9
Executive summary 11
Chapter 1. The crisis and its aftermath: A “stress test” for societies and for social policies 15
-Introduction 16
-1. Social outcomes in the wake of the economic crisis 17
-2. Social policy responses to date 35
-3. Can social policies be made more crisis-proof?  56
-References 69
-Annex 1.A1. Approach used to construct country groupings in Figure 1.8 75
Chapter 2. Interpreting OECD social indicators 77
-The purpose of Society at a Glance 78
-The selection and description of indicators 79
-What can be found in this publication 82
-Further reading 83
Chapter 3. General context indicators 85
-Household income 86
-Fertility 88
-Migration 90
-Family 92
-Old age support rate 94
Chapter 4. Self-sufficiency indicators 97
-Employment 98
-Unemployment 100
-Youth neither in employment, education nor training (NEETs) 102
-Expected years in retirement 104
-Education spending 106
Chapter 5. Equity indicators 109
-Income inequality 110
-Poverty 112
-Living on benefits 114
-Social spending  116
-Recipients of out-of-work benefits 118
Chapter 6. Health indicators 121
-Life expectancy 122
-Perceived health status  124
-Suicide 126
-Health expenditure 128
-Coverage for health care 130
Chapter 7. Social cohesion indicators 133
-Life satisfaction 134
-Tolerance 136
-Confidence in institutions 138
-Safety and crime 140
-Helping others 142

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