Politiques et données sociales

Social Benefit Recipients Database (SOCR)


Social spending accounts for about half of government expenditures, and cash benefits account for the majority of social spending. For households, the accessibility of government transfers is central for coping with economic crises, the demands of dynamic labour markets, and changes in personal and family circumstances. The scope and coverage of social protection has received renewed attention following the global Social Protection Floor initiative and governments’ efforts to implement and monitor the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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The current version includes the number of recipients of the main income replacement programmes for six years (2007-2012) for most countries and normally refer to annual averages. Users are encouraged to refer to country-specific notes in the data files, and to detailed explanations in the methodology document below:

OECD countries

 Non-OECD EU countries

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The SOCR database relies on administrative data provided by governments and has been compiled as part of an ambitious joint project initiated by OECD and the European Commission in 2010. Along with existing information on social spending and on the adequacy of benefit levels, the SOCR data shed light on the effectiveness and efficiency of social protection policies. 

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For further details, contact: social.contact@oecd.org  

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The information provided on this page has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the OECD and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

* The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.

**Footnote by Turkey:  The information in this document with reference to « Cyprus » relates to the southern part of the Island. There is no single authority representing both Turkish and Greek Cypriot people on the Island. Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Until a lasting and equitable solution is found within the context of United Nations, Turkey shall preserve its position concerning the “Cyprus issue”.
**Footnote by all the European Union Member States of the OECD and the European Union: The Republic of Cyprus is recognized by all members of the United Nations with the exception of Turkey. The information in this document relates to the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.


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