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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GDP per capita

Gross domestic product per person (GDP per capita) is the most widely used comparative indicator of economic performance, and its value varies considerably across the Asia/Pacific region (, Panel A). The region includes some of the richest as well as some of the poorest countries in the world (please note the differences in the axis with respect to the values of GDP per capita in the top and bottom parts of , Panel A). Macau (China), Australia, Singapore, Japan and Brunei Darussalam are all economies with a higher GDP per capita than across the OECD on average. By contrast, in 2012 GDP per capita was less than USD 1 000 per person in Cambodia, Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Differences in GDP per capita within the Asia/Pacific region are much greater than within the OECD: Australia’s GDP per capita is almost 100 times higher than that of Nepal.



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