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Society at a Glance 2009: OECD Social Indicators (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264056879)

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Society at a Glance offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues ‐ such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction ‐as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators.  

In addition to updating some of the indicators from previous editions, Society at a Glance 2009 adds several new and innovative social indicators, including adult height, perceived health status, risky youth behaviour and bullying. For the first time, the report also provides a condensed set of headline social indicators summarising social well‐being in OECD countries. In addition, a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.

Chapter 1. Headline Social Indicators


‐Headline Social Indicators across the OECD

‐Eight Headline Indicators

‐‐Employment Rate for the Working‐Age Population

‐‐Share of Students Aged 15 with Reading Competencies at Level 1 or Below

‐‐Gini Coefficient of Household disposable Income

‐‐Ratio of Median Earnings between Women and Men Working Full‐Time

‐‐Life Expectancy at Age 65

‐‐Infant Mortality Rate

‐‐Average Life Satisfaction

‐‐Share of People Who Have Been Victims of a Criminal Offense

Chapter 2. Special Focus: Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries

‐The Economic Theory of Leisure Time

‐Trends in Residual of Paid Work Time

‐Allocation of Time over the Life Course

‐Leisure across the Average Day

‐Time Trends in Leisure from Time‐Use Surveys

‐Patterns of Leisure Distribution

‐Types of Leisure Activities

‐Satisfaction with Time Spent on Different Activities

‐Mandatory Holidays and Leisure Time


‐Annex 2.A1. Main Features of Time‐Use Surveys

Chapter 3. Interpreting OECD Social Indicators

‐The Purpose of Social Indicators

‐The Framework of OECD Social Indicators

‐The Selection and Description of Indicators

‐What Can Be Found in This Publication

Chapter 4. General Context Indicators

‐Net National Income per Capita

‐Fertility Rates


‐Marriage and Divorce

Chapter 5. Self‐Sufficiency Indicators




‐Student Performance

‐Not in Employment, Education or Training

‐Age of Labour Force Exit

‐Spending on Education

Chapter 6. Equity Indicators

‐Income Inequality


‐Poverty among Children

‐Adequacy of Benefits of Last Resort

‐Public Social Spending

‐Total Social Spending

Chapter 7. Health Indicators

‐Life Expectancy

‐Perceived Health Status

‐Infant Health



‐Mental Health

‐Long‐Term Care Recipients

‐Health Care Expenditure

Chapter 8. Social Cohesion Indicators

‐Life Satisfaction

‐Work Satisfaction

‐Crime Victimisation



‐Risky Behaviour

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-05-01

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