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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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Sick-Related Absences from Work

Measures of sick-related absences from work are important in several respects. They inform about the labour-supply loss (i.e. forgone output) and the expenditure pressures arising from sickness absences from work; and they provide evidence about workers’ health, the extent of their job satisfaction and integration into the workplace. There is no internationally agreed definition of sickness absences nor a unique data source to be used for international comparisons. Those based on records from health insurance or company registers, while providing the main source of information for each country, are affected by different national practices in the recording of such absences. A better alternative is represented by self-reported sick absences measured through household surveys, although these may be affected by small sample sizes, differences in the frequency of surveys and in the wording of questions.

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