OECD Framework for Statistics on the Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and Wealth

Published on June 12, 2013


This publication presents an internationally agreed framework to support the joint analysis of micro-level statistics on household income, consumption and wealth. Its aim is to extend the existing international frameworks for measuring household income and consumption at the micro level to include wealth, and describes income, consumption and wealth as three separate but interrelated dimensions of people’s economic well-being. The framework, prepared by an international expert group working under the auspices of the OECD, is intended to assist national statistical offices and other data producers to develop data sets at the household level that are suitable for integrated analysis, and for facilitating comparisons between countries. The Framework is widely applicable, with relevance to countries that are at different stages of statistical development, that have different statistical infrastructures, and that operate in different economic and social environments.


Executive summary
Economic well-being
Integrated framework
Household income
Household consumption
Household wealth
Integrated statistics
Framework for integrated analysis
Next steps
Detailed framework and relationships between elements
Comparison of micro and macro frameworks
An explanation of social assistance, pension schemes, insurance schemes and similar concepts
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OECD Framework for Statistics on the Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and Wealth (PPT presentation)

OECD work on measuring well-being and progress