This is the fourth edition of Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific, the OECD’s overview
of social indicators for the region. The report addresses the growing demand for quantitative
evidence on social well-being and its trends across countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Chapter 1 introduces this volume and provides readers with a guide to help them interpret
OECD social indicators. Chapter 2 focuses on issues around extending coverage and
the future of social protection in Asia and the Pacific. Already, there are many workers
in Asia and the Pacific whose job does not entitle them to social and health supports.
Digitalisation and changes in the nature of work may lead to further job-loss, but
also increase economic labour market and economic inequalities between high- and low-skilled
workers; workers with and without access to social benefits. These rising inequalities
will further challenge social policy development in its quest to get support to those
who need it most. The chapter includes some country programme examples to illustrate
possible policy responses. Chapter 3 to 7 each present five indicators on general
context, self-sufficiency, equity, health and social cohesion.