Were things really better back in my day?

Who hasn’t heard, at least once, an old or even not so old person regretting “the good old days” when “things were better”? But what if they were wrong?

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How’s Life? – Focusing on people

In this post, OECD Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate Martine Durand presents the second edition of How’s Life. This report is part of the Better Life Initiative and looks at developments in well-being, including issues such as gender, quality jobs and overall well-being during the crisis.

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The dilemma of in-work poverty

Poverty is no longer a scourge for the unemployed alone. This statement summarises Alan Milburn’s first State of the Nation annual report on social mobility, launched last week. According to the report of the ex-British Labour Party politician, two thirds of poor children in the UK come from households where at least one person is in paid work.

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Breaching the gender gap

Today, financial literacy is a pre-requisite to participating in economic activities. Yet, this new OECD report shows there are clear gender inequalities when it comes to understanding where your money goes and what potential risks you are taking: almost 60% of women in Poland do not know that high investment returns are accompanied by high risk, against 45% of men. And only 49% of women in the United Kingdom know how compound interest works, compared with 75% of men.

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Visualise How Education Transforms Lives

This post, written by Wikichild co-ordinator Melinda George, wraps up the Wikiprogress September Series on Education and Skills. It provides the infographics and some key figures from the soon-to-be launched 2013 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

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