Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

image of Society at a Glance 2006
OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

English German, French


Total Social Spending

A comprehensive account of the total amount of resources that each OECD country devotes to social support has to account for both public and private social expenditures, and the extent to which the tax system alters the effective amount of support provided. To capture the effect of the tax system on “gross” (i.e. before tax) social expenditures, account has to be taken of the government “clawback” on social spending through the direct taxation of benefit income and the indirect taxation of the goods and services consumed by benefit recipients. Moreover, governments can pursue social goals by awarding tax advantages for social purposes (e.g. child tax allowances). From the perspective of society, “net” (i.e. after tax) social expenditure, from both public and private sources, gives a better indication of the resources used to pursue social goals. From the perspective of individuals, “net social expenditure” reflects the proportion of an economy’s production on which benefit recipients lay claim.

English French

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error