OECD Social Expenditure Statistics

Principal Investigator(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Source: OECD iLibrary
Source number:
EDS Study ID: 1063

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Study Description:

OECD Social Expenditure Database

Principal Investigator(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Source: OECD iLibrary

social policy
income inequality

The Social Expenditure Database is comprised of three databases.

Social Expenditure Statistics table (from 1980 with some aggregates to 1095)
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.

Income Distribution (from 1975)
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.

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 29 OECD countries for the period 2001-2006. 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. 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 in 29 OECD countries for 2001-2006 are available on Benefits and Wages: OECD Indicators.