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Society at a Glance 2019

OECD Social Indicators

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This report, the ninth edition of the biennial OECD overview of social indicators, addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. This year’s edition presents 25 indicators, several of which are new, and includes data for 36 OECD member countries and, where available, key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) and other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia).

The report features a special chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, how they fare in terms of economic outcomes and well-being, and what policies can improve LGBT inclusivity. It also includes a special section based on the 2018 OECD Risks That Matter Survey on people’s perceptions of social and economic risks and the extent to which they think governments address those risks. In addition, the report provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators.

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Education spending

Annual expenditure per student on educational institutions provides an assessment of the investment made in each student. On average, OECD countries spent USD 10 400 per student from primary through tertiary education in 2015 (). Spending was highest in Luxembourg with USD 22 400 per child, followed by the United States, Norway and Austria. On the opposite end, spending was below USD 5 000 in Mexico and Turkey. Non-Members Brazil and the Russian Federation had education spending slightly higher than the low-spending OECD countries at around USD 5 000. Spending was also relatively low (between USD 6 000 and 9 000) in several Eastern European countries.

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