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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.
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The overall health of British people is similar to the OECD average, considering life expectancy and other general measures of health status. This is also the case for the major risk factors of smoking and alcohol consumption, but obesity rates are considerably worse than the OECD average. Access to care is generally strong, but indicators for quality of care are often a little below the OECD average.
Ahead of the referendum on Brexit, the OECD was anticipating a significant decrease in economic growth if the decision to leave the EU were taken (Kierzenkowski et al., 2016). As the UK economy has started to slow down, OECD projections remain remarkably valid so far.
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Selected findings for the United Kingdom from the report "Preventing Ageing Unequally"
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Selected findings for the United Kingdom from the report "The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle"
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The UK headline labour market indicators compare well with OECD averages. At the end of 2016, the UK unemployment rate stood at 4.8% against the OECD average of 6.2%, and the UK employment rate at 65.5% was more than 4 percentage points above the OECD average.
These country specific notes provide figures and commentary from the Taxation and Skills publication that examines how tax policy can encourage skills development in OECD countries.