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Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

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This is the third edition of Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific, a regularly updated OECD overview of social indicators, which addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. This report starts with an introductory chapter providing a guide to help readers understanding the OECD Social Indicator framework. Chapters 2 and three are special thematic chapters to address two increasingly topical issues in the social debate: Gender Equality in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship and Social Protection Expenditure.

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Employment

High employment rates are found in Nepal and the Southeast Asian economies of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, with rates above the OECD average of 74.7%(, Panel A). The Asia/Pacific average is almost 10 percentage points below the OECD average, at 64.9%, with employment rates being particularly low in Fiji, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (below 55%).

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