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Comparative Child Well‐being across the OECD

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This chapter offers an overview of child well‐being across the OECD. It compares policy‐focussed measures of child well‐being in six dimensions, chosen to cover the major aspects of children's lives: material well‐being; housing and environment; education; health and safety; risk behaviours; and quality of school life. Each dimension is a composite of several indicators, which in turn have been selected in part because they are relatively amenable to policy choices. This chapter presents the theory, methodology and data sources behind the measures, as well as the indicators for each member country in a comparable fashion. It is at the individual level that the indicators can best inform policy and comparisons can be most readily made. The data is reported by country and, where possible, by sex, age and migrant status. All indicators presented in the framework are already publically available. There has been no attempt to collect new data. Note that no single aggregate score or overall country ranking for child well‐being is presented. Nevertheless, it is clear that no OECD country performs well on all fronts.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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