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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Looking at social protection globally, in the OECD and in the Asia/Pacific region

The economic crisis which started in 2007/08 has intensified global interest in social policy and the ability of welfare systems to provide social protection. During the crisis, social protection systems in many countries initially played an important role as automatic stabilisers to cushion the impact of the economic downturn, but subsequently social protection measures, especially income supports to the working-age population have been affected by efforts to cut public spending in the context of fiscal consolidation measures.



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