OECD Social and Welfare Statistics

ISSN :
2227-3107 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/socwel-data-en
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Formerly titled the OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX), this includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure at programme level, covering old age, survivors, and incapacity-related benefits; health, family, and active labor market programmes; and unemployment, housing, GINI, poverty, income inequality, and other social policy areas.

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Keywords: sociall expenditures, benefits, taxes, social expenditures, income, pension
 

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    Expand / Collapse Social Expenditure

    The OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy. It includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure at programme level. SOCX provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. The main social policy areas are as follows: old age, survivors, incapacity-related benefits, health, family, active labour market programmes, unemployment, housing, and other social policy areas.
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      The Aggregated dataset is a subset of the OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) database, has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy. It includes reliable and internationally comparable aggregate statistics on public and mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure. It provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. The main social policy areas are as follows: old age, survivors, incapacity-related benefits, health, family, active labor market programmes, unemployment, housing, and other social policy areas.Those social policies area can be further divided by type of expenditure (cash benefits, benefits in kind), type of programme(active labour market programme, incapacity related,etc) and source (voluntary private, public,etc). Data are expressed in various units of measure and are presented from 1980 onwards.

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      The Detailed data dataset is a subset of the OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) database, has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy. It includes extensive reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure. It provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. The main social policy areas are as follows: old age, survivors, incapacity-related benefits, health, family, active labor market programmes, unemployment, housing, and other social policy areas. The data is presented by country with the name of programme as a core variable. Data are expressed in current prices in national currency in millions terms and are presented from 1980 onwards.

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      The Reference Series is a subset of the OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) database, has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy.It provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition while including estimates of the net total social spending for 2007 for the 27 OECD countries. Data is divided per country with core variables such as GDP in million terms, Gross National Income, PPP, exchange rates, total general government expenditure and more. Data are presented from 1980 onwards.

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    Income Distribution

    Comparable data on the distribution of household income provide both a point of reference for judging the performance of any country and an opportunity to assess the role of common drivers as well as drivers that are country-specific. They also allow governments to draw on the experience of different countries in order to learn "what works best" in narrowing income disparities and poverty. But achieving comparability in this field is also difficult, as national practices differ widely in terms of concepts, measures, and statistical sources.

    This dataset replaces the datasets "Income distribution: inequality" (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00199-en) and "Income distribution: poverty" (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00200-en)

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    Expand / Collapse Income Distribution [Discontinued]

    This dataset has been discontinued and is now replaced by the following dataset: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00654-en

    Comparable data on the distribution of household income provide both a point of reference for judging the performance of any country and an opportunity to assess the role of common drivers as well as drivers that are country-specific. They also allow governments to draw on the experience of different countries in order to learn "what works best" in narrowing income disparities and poverty. But achieving comparability in this field is also difficult, as national practices differ widely in terms of concepts, measures, and statistical sources.

    • loader image Income distribution: inequality [Discontinued]

      This dataset has been discontinued and is now replaced by the following dataset: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00654-en

      This dataset is a subset of the Income Distribution Database. This table comprises comparable data on the distribution of household income with a core focus on inequality providing both a point of reference for judging the performance of any country and an opportunity to assess the role of common drivers as well as drivers that are country-specific. They also allow governments to draw on the experience of different countries in order to learn "what works best" in narrowing income disparities and poverty. The data is presented with income and population measures as core variables ( Gini coefficient, real mean income, standard coefficient of variation and more)that can be further divided by period, definition and age. Data are presented from the mid-70’s onwards.

    • loader image Income distribution: poverty [Discontinued]

      This dataset has been discontinued and is now replaced by the following dataset: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00654-en

      This dataset is a subset of the Income Distribution Database.It includes comparable statistics on the distribution of household income with a focus on poverty providing both a point of reference for judging the performance of any country and an opportunity to assess the role of common drivers as well as drivers that are country-specific. They also allow governments to draw on the experience of different countries in order to learn "what works best" in narrowing income disparities and poverty. The data is presented with peverty measures as core variables ( poverty rate after taxes and transfers, mean poverty gap )that can be further divided by period, definition and poverty threshold. Data are presented from the mid-70’s onwards.

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    Taxes and benefits

    The Benefits and Wages series addresses the complicated interactions of tax and benefit systems for different family types and labour market situations. The series is a valuable tool used to compare the different benefits made available to those without work and those with different levels of in-work income. It covers 37 countries (29 OECD countries and from 2005 Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovenia and from 2008 Bulgaria and Romania) for the period 2001-2008.The main social policy areas are as follows: taxes and social security contributions due on earnings and benefits, unemployment benefits, social assistance, family benefits, housing benefits, and in-work benefits.These social policies can be further examined by family type, number of children,first earner, second earner and employment status. 2007 edition of Benefits and Wages, statistics, country specific files and tax-benefit models and calculator, which provide detailed descriptions of all cash benefits available to those in and out of work as well as the taxes they were liable to pay are available on Benefits and Wages: OECD Indicators.Data are presented from 2001 onwards
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    Child Well-Being

    This dataset compare 21 policy-focussed measures of child well-being in six areas, chosen to cover the major aspects of children’s lives: material well being; housing and environment; education; health and safety; risk behaviours; and quality of school life.

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    Expand / Collapse Better Life Index

    There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

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      There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This dataset contains 2014 data of the Better Life Index which allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

    • loader image Better Life Index 2013

      There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This dataset contains 2013 data of the Better Life Index which allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

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    Pensions at a Glance

    The Pensions at a Glance 2011 is covering all 34 OECD countries, and is designed to show future entitlements for workers who entered the labour market in 2008 and spend their entire working lives under the same set of rules. 
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