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Arab Society: Compendium of Social Statistics - Issue No. 13

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Arab Society: A Compendium of Demographic and Social Statistics, is the latest in a series of biennial compendia of the Statistics Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It presents a broad description of Arab society, focusing on population dynamics, household composition and family formation, housing conditions, health, education, labour, poverty and inequality, and culture and social participation. Data are drawn primarily from National Statistical Offices of ESCWA member countries and supplemented by publicly accessible data from international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Not all available indicators are displayed in the body of this publication. A more exhaustive set of tables can be found on the ESCWA website.

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Household composition and family formation

The composition of a household shapes the experience lived by its members and provides some broad indications of their social and economic well-being (Deaton, Ruiz-Castillo and Thomas, 1989). Early studies on household dynamics in the Arab region focused on the move away from a tradition of extended family households to nuclear households (Barakat, 1985). More recently, Khadr and El-Zeini (2003) confirmed that the nuclear family has become the most common living arrangement in the region.

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