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Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

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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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Childcare costs

This indicator quantifies the out-of-pocket costs to families of purchasing centre-based childcare. These costs take into account a wide range of factors, including fees charged by childcare providers as well as childcarerelated tax concessions and cash benefits available to parents. The cost figures are derived by comparing the disposable income, measured after deducting childcare expenses, of a family who does not purchase formal, centre-based childcare with that of an otherwise similar family who does. Childcare cost estimates are disaggregated to identify the different policy instruments used by government to reduce such costs, and presented for different characteristics of individuals and households, with a focus on those parents whose employment decisions are particularly responsive to financial incentives to work: lone parents and second earners with young children requiring care.

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