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|Social Expenditure Database (SOCX)
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 as well as net social spending indicators. SOCX provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. It covers 35 OECD countries for the period 1980-2013/14 and estimates for 2014-2016.
October 2016: Social Expenditure Update - 8-page report (.pdf) (see also in French and Japanese)
Social spending stays at historically high levels in many OECD countries - Insights from the OECD Social Expenditure database (SOCX)
See also background information:
- all figures from above SOCX data update 2016 ( in one .xls file)
- net social expenditure indicators: country data 2001-2013 (.pdf), net social spending data (Table.xls)
- Sources and methods on estimates for 2014-2016 (.pdf)
For data on social benefit Recipients, see the Social Benefit Recipients Database (SOCR)
See data for all countries/years from aggregated SOCX data (link below).
- Aggregated data (public and private social spending data in various units)
- Detailed data by social programme
- Reference series (GDP, NNI, governement spending, PPPs, population, etc.)
(more reference series i.e. population, employment, unemployment, etc. can be found via OECD Social Indicators)
Default views in OECD.Stat are as follows:
- years 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2010 and 2013/14
- all countries are selected for aggregated and reference series datasets
Default selections can be modified by double-clicking on appropriate variable and selecting appropriate item(s).
- all variables can be moved by drag & drop in headers/columns/lines as in a pivot-table
- meta-data information are available by clicking on "i" next to specific variable/item
- any table can be exported into Excel / text file by clicking on appropriate top-right icon
- datasets in French available by clicking on "version française" at top-right of screen
See Part II. (p.88) OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 124, October 2011: “Is the European welfare state really more expensive? Indicators on social spending, 1980-2012 and a manual to the OECD Social Expenditure database (SOCX)"