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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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Earnings Inequality

Earnings inequality can be assessed using a variety of statistics. The indicator used here is the “decile ratios”, which is obtained by comparing earnings in the top and the bottom deciles of the distribution (the 10% of workers with the highest and lowest earnings) to median earnings (the earnings level which divides employees into two groups of equal size). In this section, D9 denotes the upper limit of the 9th decile of the earnings distribution (which is equal to the lower limit of the top decile), D1 is the upper limit of the bottom decile while D5 denotes median earnings.

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