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In a keynote speech delivered at the OECD 3rd World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Mr. Angel Gurría has warned that unless a new generation of statistics is developed to measure social progress and well-being, people may lose confidence in institutions and in the capacity of governments to address their problems.
This survey summarises the insights that the new literature based on subjective data has shed on the issue of income inequality and income comparisons. It reviews the various channels that relate income distribution and subjective well-being.
IZA and OECD jointly organize a workshop on February 8 and 9, 2010, in Paris on assessing the impact of the current economic crisis on employment status and incomes at the household level.
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The needs of a household grow with each additional member but – due to economies of scale in consumption– not in a proportional way. With the help of equivalence scales each household type in the population is assigned a value in proportion to its needs.
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While work is often the best pathway out of poverty, employment does notalways guarantee an adequate living standard. At the outset of the currenteconomic downturn, the risk of in-work poverty was significant in mostOECD countries.
This paper analyses whether a socially mobile society is conducive to subjective well-being. Using socio-demographic information in 30 OECD countries from the World Values Survey, this study shows that living in a socially mobile society is conducive to individual life satisfaction.
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The world economy is in a severe economic downturn with potentiallydire consequences for workers and their families. The ultimate dimensionsof this crisis are not yet known, but it is already clear that it will be thedeepest recession of the post-war era for the OECD area.
Governments should invest more money on children in the first six years of their lives to reduce social inequality and help all children, especially the most vulnerable, have happier lives, according to the OECD’s first ever report on child well-being in its 30 member countries.
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Society at a Glance - Asia/Pacific Edition 2009
Key findings for the Philippines include unemployment, tuberculosis, gender gaps, employment and income inequality.
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Key findings for Korea include life satisfaction, divorce, GDP per capita, social spending, old-age replacement rates and voting.