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Society at a Glance 2009

OECD Social Indicators

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Society at a Glance offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues – such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction –as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators. 

In addition to updating some of the indicators from previous editions, Society at a Glance 2009 adds several new and innovative social indicators, including adult height, perceived health status, risky youth behaviour and bullying. For the first time, the report also provides a condensed set of headline social indicators summarising social well-being in OECD countries. In addition, a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.

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Poverty among children

Children are defined as poor when they live in households whose equivalised disposable income is less than 50% of the median of a given country (see “Definition and measurement” for EQ1. Income inequality). Children, defined as all those aged under 18, are considered as sharing the income earned by other household members. The basic indicator of child poverty used here in the poverty rate, measured as the share of children with an equivalised income of less than 50% of the median. Also shown are the poverty rates for all people living in households with children (i.e. including adult members).

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