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Society at a Glance 2011

OECD Social Indicators

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This sixth edition of Society at a Glance, OECD's biennial overview of social indicators,  updates some indicators from previous volumes and introduces several new ones. It also features a special chapter on unpaid work. It includes data on the four newest OECD members: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on major emerging economies Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa are also included.

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Income inequality

Measures of income inequality are based on data on people’s household disposable income (see “Definition and measurement” in GE1 for more detail). The main indicator of income distribution used is the Gini coefficient. Values of the Gini coefficient range between 0 in the case of “perfect equality” (each person gets the same income) and 1 in the case of “perfect inequality” (all income goes to the share of the population with the highest income). Life expectancy data is discussed in “Definition and measurement” of indicator HE1.

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