Society at a Glance 2006
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Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.
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Health inequalities can be described in different ways. Two indicators are presented in this section, and they both relate to mortality (rather than morbidity). The first is a measure of the dispersion in the ages of death – or, alternatively, in the length of life – among individuals in different OECD country, as defined by Edwards and Tuljapurkar (2005). The specific measure of dispersion in the age of death used is the standard deviation of all deaths above the age of 10. The main advantages of this indicator are its simplicity and the fact that it provides a direct measure of health inequality between individuals. This indicator is based on data from the Human Mortality Database, and is available as a time series for most OECD and non-OECD countries, for both the total population and by gender.
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