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Benefits and Wages 2007

OECD Indicators

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Launched in 1998, the latest edition of this series (formerly entitled Benefit Systems and Work Incentives) provides detailed descriptions of all cash benefits available to those in and out of work as well as the taxes they are liable to pay across OECD countries. A special chapter also compares childcare costs across countries and the financial work incentives faced by parents of young children. Using the OECD tax-benefit models, total household incomes and their components are calculated for a range of family types and employment situations. The results are used to examine financial incentives to work, either part-time or full-time, as well as the extent to which social benefits prevent income poverty for those without a job. This volume presents results for 2005 and earlier years.

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Tax Burdens, Benefit Entitlements and Income Adequacy

What levels of household income do the tax-benefit rules discussed in the previous chapter translate to? And how important are individual tax-benefit instruments in determining household resources? This chapter compares tax burdens and benefit entitlements for a range of family situations and earnings levels to compare the resources available to families in different circumstances. The focus is on the lower end of the wage scale – below and up to average earnings – where work incentive problems typically are most relevant.

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