Social policies and data

OECD: a leader in international measurement and analysis in social policy


The OECD carries out work on social data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of social policies. Key statistical areas of work covered by the Social Policy Division include: 


Social Expenditure Indicators (SOCX)



Social Recipients Indicators (SOCR)

Income Distribution and Poverty (IDD)



Social Indicators    

Family Indicators

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Gender Indicators

Benefits and wages Indicators

Country Highlights


 Pensions Indicators

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Affordable Housing Indicators




Housing cost overburden rate among low-income owners (with mortgage) and tenants (private rent and subsidized rent), 2014 or latest year

Share of population in the bottom quintile of the income distribution spending more than 40% of disposable income on mortgage and rent, by tenure, in percent

Housing Stat

Source: OECD (2016), OECD Affordable Housing database, Indicator: HC1.2 Housing costs over income.

New OECD database on Affordable Housing shows that housing costs constitute the single highest expenditure item out of household budget, and represent a substantial financial burden especially for low-income households in many OECD and EU countries. Overburden rates for home-owners and tenants can vary across countries, which has implications for the choice of policy instruments to alleviate housing-cost burdens. Furthermore, overcrowding can significantly hamper wellbeing, with negative effects on health and on child outcomes.

The Affordable Housing Database (AHD) has been developed to help countries monitor access to good-quality affordable housing and strengthen the knowledge base for policy evaluation. It brings together cross-national information from OECD countries and EU member states. The database includes indicators grouped along three main dimensions: housing market context, housing conditions, and public policies towards affordable housing.‌ more

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