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The tax wedge for the average single worker in the United States increased by 0.2 percentage points from 29.6 in 2018 to 29.8 in 2019. The OECD average tax wedge in 2019 was 36.0 (2018, 36.1).
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020.
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The OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics report found that the tax-to-GDP ratio in the United States decreased by 2.5 percentage points from 26.8% in 2017 to 24.3% in 2018. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was a slight increase of 0.1 percentage point from 34.2% to 34.3% over the same period.
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Key findings for the United States from the report "Pensions at a Glance 2019"
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The United States spends more on healthcare than any other OECD country, both as a proportion of GDP (16.9%) and per person (USD 10 586). High levels of spending have not translated into people leading longer lives. Life expectancy at birth is two years below the OECD average, and actually declined by over two months between 2012 and 2017.