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The shares of the richest 1% in total pre-tax income have increased in most OECD countries over the past three decades. This rise is the result of the top 1% capturing a disproportionate share of overall income growth over that timeframe: up to 37% in Canada and 47% in the United States, according to new OECD analysis.
Personal income tax has risen in 25 out of 34 OECD countries over the past three years, as countries reduce the value of tax-free allowances and tax credits and subject higher proportions of earnings to tax, according to new data in the annual Taxing Wages publication
Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report.
This edition of Society at a Glance addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends with a special chapter on the social consequences of the global crisis.
Replacement rates (gross and net), country specific files, models and calculator provide detailed descriptions of all cash benefits available to those in and out of work as well as the taxes they were liable&
English, Excel, 285kb
B&W - Net Cost of Childcare and Participation Tax Rates, 2004, 2008, 2012
The OECD Family Database provides cross-national indicators on the situation of families and children, including structure of families, labour market position, public policies, child outcomes, child well-being module.
With co-operation from the EU and World Bank, and in view of the strong demand for cross-national indicators on the situation of pensions, the OECD has developed on-line indicators on pension outcomes and pension policies for all OECD/EU countries.
Development aid policies have helped developing countries reduce extreme poverty, strengthen institutional frameworks and develop a middle class. But there are still 2.4 billion people living in poverty and inequalities in many countries are still at record levels, and in some cases rising, said OECD Secretary-General.
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Why Should We Care about High & Growing Inequality? How Unequal Are OECD Societies? Has Gap between Rich & Poor Widened? Possible Culprits in Growing Divide - What OECD Evidence Tells Us about Main Culprits - Importance of Tax/Benefit Systems - What Was the Impact of the Recent Great Recession? What Can Policies Do to Reduce Too-high Inequality?