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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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Poverty

Among low- and middle-income countries in the Asia/Pacific region, 35% of the population is poor, and 14% is extremely poor (, Panel A). More than 60% of the population live in poverty in India, Lao PDR and Pakistan; the country with the highest poverty rate is Bangladesh, where more than 75% of the population live on less than USD 2 a day. Among the low- and middle-income countries, poverty levels are lowest in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Thailand.

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