Gender discrimination: a persistent threat to progress

This post first appeared on the Wikiprogress ProgBlog under the title Underlying discrimination against women stopping progress on gender equality and development A girl who is married early and then begins child rearing early is not likely to finish her education, which then limits her employment opportunities. Her [...]

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It’s in the papers

The Better Life Index has been referred to in different ways in recent press releases:  “The Happiness Index”, “The Good Life Index”, “The Quality of Life Index”… You could call it a global survey asking people what they think is important. To answer this question, the many press releases and online reactions are a [...]

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Beyond averages: Better lives and inequality

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD The problem with averages is that they are so impersonal. There is no doubt that the information they give can be useful – if the average performance in maths, reading and science in your country is higher than the average for dozens of countries, that tells you something about the [...]

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Beyond GDP: Better Ways to Measure Better Lives

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD “Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.” wrote Galileo Galilei, the 17th century Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer often called the “Father of Modern Science”. But just how do you measure people’s general happiness and satisfaction in life? For a [...]

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