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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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Spending on education

Spending on education as a proportion of net national income (NNI) gives a measure of how much money is invested in human capital (it excludes consideration parental time inputs or on-the-job learning or training) relative to the total flow of monetary resources available to society. The indicator measures both public and private expenditure on educational institutions (including public subsidies) and family spending in so far as it translates into payments to educational institutions. Spending data does not include subsidies for student living costs, student loan subsidies and other direct private spending (for example on text books or transport to school). Nor do they measure spending on pre-school education or childcare, which may have an educational component.

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