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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Marriage and divorce

On average marriage rates in the Asia/Pacific region are 50% higher than the average across OECD countries (, Panel A), and there is considerable variation in both marriage and divorce rates across the Asia/Pacific region. Crude marriage rates are highest at over ten marriages per 1 000 adults in the Maldives, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, while the marriage rate is less than half of this in Samoa, New Zealand and Mongolia. The crude divorce rate in the Maldives is also three times higher than the average of the Asia/Pacific economies. Divorce rates are low relative to high marriage rates in Indonesia, -Tajikistan and Viet Nam.



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