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The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report.
There is no simple remedy for fixing the post-crisis global economy. But three key ingredients for sustainable long-term growth are jobs, equality and trust, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
Income inequality and relative poverty in the United States are among the highest in the OECD and have substantially increased over the past decades. These developments have been associated with a number of other worrying statistics, including low intergenerational social mobility and weak real income growth for many households.
Although job creation has improved, since the end of the 2007-08 recession, the effects of the recession on the labour market remain severe.
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This file contains detailed country-specific information on tax and benefit systems, including in-depth descriptions of how the key national tax and benefit programmes operate, and also spreadsheets showing the resulting budget constraints for particular family situations.
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.
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This country note provides information on latest trends in income inequalities as well as key findings from the 2011 OECD report "Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising".
Poverty in households with children is rising in nearly all OECD countries...
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This note highlights the most pressing issues on families and children in the United States, as discussed in the OECD publication Doing Better for Families.
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This one-pager note presents key findings for the United States from Society at a Glance 2011 - OECD Social indicators. This 2011 publication also provides a special chapter on unpaid work across the OECD.