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Compulsory school education in Italy produces poor results in terms of 15-year-olds’ performance on PISA tests, compared with other OECD countries, despite a relatively high level of expenditure, as discussed in this working paper.
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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The OECD’s first ever publication on child well-being shows that Italian government spending on children is close to the OECD average overall. The big shortfall is for spending on young children, where Italy spends 80% of the OECD average...
This chapter explores the reasons for poor and unequal performance in Italian secondary education. The chapter outlines the structure of spending and then considers how certain aspects of policy should be better aligned with good practice.
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Obesity rates, employment, leisure time, childcare and student performance. Society at a Glance 2009 also provides a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.
The French spend more time sleeping than anyone else in OECD countries. They also devote more time to eating than anyone else and nearly double that of Americans, Canadians or Mexicans.
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.
"Governments need to take quick and decisive action to avoid the financial crisis becoming a fully-blown social crisis with scarring effects on vulnerable workers and low income households," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría told G8 Labour and Employment Ministers in Rome today.
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This note, taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2009, contains information about the progress in implementing reforms in line with the 2008 priorities for Italy.
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This note presents key findings related to income inequality and poverty for Italy, with global trends among OECD countries.