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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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Income inequality

Income inequality indicates how material resources are distributed across society. Some consider high levels of income inequality to be morally undesirable. Many view income inequality negatively because it can cause conflict, limit co-operation or create psychological and ultimately physical stresses. Often the policy concern is more for the direction of changes in inequality, rather than for its level.

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