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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Public social expenditure

In 2009, public social expenditure-to-GDP ratios varied considerably across the Asia/Pacific region, but were generally well below the OECD average (, Panel A). Average social protection spending in the Asia/Pacific region was about one-third of the average in the OECD as a whole. Public social spending in Japan, New -Zealand and Australia is around 20% of GDP, and around 10% of GDP or more in Korea, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Timor-Leste. By contrast, public spending on social protection is around 2% of GDP in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Pakistan.



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