Making education pay

By Julia Laplane, OECD This article is on “Education “, the third most popular topic in the Better Life Index. Education is a cornerstone of a functioning society. As Benjamin Franklin put it: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” But as education becomes longer and increasingly expensive, are [...]

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“Working to live, or living to work?”

By Julia Laplane, OECD Today’s article is on “Work-Life Balance”, the 4th most popular topic in the Better Life Index. How far would you go to get, or keep, a job? British reality sitcom “The work experience” tested that question on young job seekers. Naïve graduates are tricked into believing they are starting an [...]

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Creating equitable and sustainable well-being

By guest author What do we mean when we talk about societal well-being? The concept of well-being changes between historical periods, places and cultures and cannot therefore be defined simply according to a theoretical format. Moreover, scientific research in this field shows us that, at the moment, no single [...]

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Making statistics and everyone count

By Martine Zaïda, OECD Did you know that 2013 is the International Year of Statistics? Organisations worldwide are coming together to celebrate and recognise the contributions of statistical science. Through the combined energies of close to 2,000 organisations involved from virtually every country in the world, the [...]

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What makes for a better life?

By guest author What makes for a better life? This is one of the most serious questions of our time. In fact it is one of the most serious questions of all time. Throughout history mankind has grappled with this question: from Plato questioning “the right way to conduct our lives” to Descartes’ grand proclamation of [...]

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