OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers

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ISSN :
1815-1981 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151981
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market and social policy studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.
 

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Author(s):
Willem Adema1, Marcel Einerhand
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
17 Apr 1998
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No.:
32
Pages
59
DOI
10.1787/804013113766

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This paper contains a first analysis of trends in private social benefits within a comparative framework. There is growing interest in the role of the private sector in the provision of social support in the light of concerns about the high level of public social spending. However, up to now, methodological and measurement problems have hampered the collection of cross-country data on private social benefits.

The paper develops an appropriate methodological framework for treating this issue. It presents data on private social benefits for six countries for which such data are currently available: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Information on trends in public and private social expenditure is drawn together and the pape discusses in more detail spending patterns in two social policy areas where private provision plays an important role: pensions and health.

Finally, the impact of the tax system is analysed, and for one year ...