EU sources -OECD publishes report on well-being -October 13, 2015

The OECD-report ‘How’s Life?’ describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s well-being in OECD and partner countries. It includes a wide variety of statistics, capturing both material well-being (such as income, jobs and housing) and the broader quality of people’s lives (such as their health, education, work-life balance, environment, social connections, civic engagement, subjective well-being and safety). The report shows that children are paying a high price for today’s growing inequality. Income poverty affects one child in seven in OECD countries, while 10% of children live in jobless households. Since the economic crisis, child poverty rates have risen in two thirds of OECD countries. In most OECD countries, the poverty rate for children is higher than for the population in general. The report also reveals that countries experiencing the most severe declines in household income since 2009 (such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy) continue to feel the pain, ranging from high joblessness and reduced earnings, to less affordable housing.


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