Social policies and data

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  • In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All

    This book highlights the key areas where inequalities are created and where new policies are required, including: the consequences of current consolidation policies; structural labour market changes with rising non-standard work and job polarization; persisting gender gaps; the challenge of high wealth concentration, and the role for redistribution policies.

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  • Focus on Minimum wages after the crisis: Making them pay

    Three out of four OECD countries use Minimum wages, and supporting low-wage earners is widely seen as important for promoting inclusive growth. This policy brief considers three aspects that are central for a balanced assessment of policy choices: the cost of employing minimum-wage workers, their take-home pay, and the number of workers affected.

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  • Society at a Glance 2016 - OECD Social Indicators - en

    This seventh edition shows that despite an improving global economy, the squeeze on public spending in many countries will make it increasingly difficult to cope with the social challenges thrown up by the crisis.

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Effective social policy protects individuals and their families and helps them lead a fulfilling life. The role of the OECD in this area is to identify policies which help individuals and their families and make societies and economies work more effectively.


The global financial crisis has reinforced the message that more must be done to provide youth with the skills and help they need to get a better start in the labour market and progress in their careers.


Families and children 

‌Families are the cornerstone of society. They play a central economic role, are a crucial engine of solidarity, and provide protection and insurance against hardship. Families offer identity, love, care and development to their members and form the core of many social networks.



The OECD’s gender website provides details of the current and ongoing work on gender and gender equality, plus internationally comparable data on gender inequalities in three key areas – education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Income inequality and poverty

The OECD examines the trends and patterns in inequality and poverty for OECD and emerging countries. Its work analyses the multiple causes linked to growing inequalities, such as globalisation, technological change and changes in redistribution and policy fashion.



Ensuring a social balance between generations in the context of population ageing is one of the most important challenges facing OECD and many emerging countries. Pension systems need reforming and many countries have been taking policy action in this area. A key part of the solution will be to extend working lives.


Tax and benefit systems

The OECD Tax-Benefit models are part of the OECD’s database on tax-benefit policies, which monitors redistribution policies, income adequacy and benefit generosity for working-age people and their families over time and across countries.


Social statistics

The OECD carries out work on social data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of social policies.


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