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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Life Satisfaction

Subjective measures of life satisfaction assess the extent to which individuals evaluate favourably the overall quality of their life. Data are gathered through surveys that ask respondents “how satisfied” they are with their lives in general (and in specific domains), with respondent rating satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 (from lowest to highest levels of satisfaction). The indicator used in this section is the share of respondents that report a lifesatisfaction score equal or higher than seven. The focus is on how life-satisfaction scores differ across groups of individuals (by gender, age, education, employment status, marital status and income) as well as on how the average score for each country correlates to a range of other social and economic outcomes.

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