Families and children

OECD Family database



Please cite this database as:
OECD (2014), OECD Family Database, OECD, Paris (www.oecd.org/social/family/database)


Interactive Tools l INDICATORS l Related Databases

Structure of families - Labour market position - Public policies - Child outcomes - Child well-being module

In view of the strong demand for cross-national indicators on the situation of families and children, the OECD Family database was developed to provide cross-national indicators on family outcomes and family policies across the OECD countries, its enhanced engagement partners and EU member states.

The database brings together information from various national and international databases, both within the OECD (see related OECD databases) and external organisations. The database currently (version September 2014) includes 70 indicators under four main dimensions: (i) structure of families, (ii) labour market position of families, (iii) public policies for families and children and (iv) child outcomes.

Each indicator typically presents the data on a particular issue as well as relevant definitions and methodology, comparability and data issues, information on sources and, where relevant, includes the raw data or descriptive information across countries.

Interactive Tools

  • The OECD Country Snapshots provides an overview of the situation on family and children policies and outcomes. This interactive tool allows users to make assessments of each country’s position (on 20 indicators) with respect to the OECD and EU average.
  • The OECD Family support calculator is an interactive tool that allows users to analyse how wages, taxes and social benefits affect the income of different family types.

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 1. The structure of families (SF) 
  • Families and Children
    • SF1.1 Family size and composition (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • SF1.2 Children in families (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • SF1.3 Further information on living arrangements of children (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • SF1.4 Population by age of children and youth dependency ratio (.pdf) (.xls) 
    • SF1.5 Living conditions of children (.pdf) (.xls) 
  • Fertility indicators
  • Marital and partnership status
    • SF3.1 Marriage and divorce rate (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • SF3.2 Family dissolution and children (.pdf) (.xls)
    • SF3.3 Cohabitation rate and prevalence of other forms of partnership (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • SF3.4 Family violence (.pdf) (.xls)

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 2. The labour market position of families (LMF) 
  • Families, children and employment status    
    • LMF1.1 Children in families by employment status (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF1.2 Maternal employment (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF1.3 Maternal employment by family status (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • LMF1.4 Employment profiles over the life-course  (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF1.5 Gender pay gaps for full-time workers and earnings by educational attainment (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF1.6 Gender differences in employment outcomes (.pdf)  (.xls)
  • Workplace hours and time for caring
    • LMF2.1 Usual weekly working hours among men and women by broad hours groups  (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • LMF2.2 The distribution of working hours among couple families and adults in couple families individually, by broad hours groups, presence of children, and age of youngest child  (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • LMF2.3 The distribution of working hours among single persons by broad hours groups, presence of children, and age of youngest child (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF2.4 Family-friendly workplace practices (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • LMF2.5 Time used for work, care and daily household chores (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • LMF2.6 Time spent travelling to and from work (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • LMF2.7 Subjective well-being and satisfaction with work-life balance (.pdf)  (.xls)

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3. Public policies for families and children (PF)

  • General policies for families with children
  • Child-related leave
    • PF2.1 Key characteristics of parental leave systems (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF2.2 Use of childbirth-related leave benefits, by mothers and fathers (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF2.3 Additional leave entitlements of working parents (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF2.4 Parental leave replacement rates (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF2.5 Trends in leave entitlements around childbirth (.pdf) (.xls) (Annex)
  • Formal care and education for very young children
    • PF3.1 Public spending on childcare and early education (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • PF3.2 Enrolment in childcare and pre-schools (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF3.3 Informal childcare arrangements (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF3.4 Childcare support (.pdf) (.xls)
  • Typology of childcare benefits and net parental fees by family type and income level
    • PF4.1 Typology of childcare and early education services (.pdf)
    • PF4.2 Quality of childcare and early education services (.pdf) (.xls)
    • PF4.3 Out-of-school-hours care (.pdf)  (.xls)

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4. Child outcomes (CO)

(for information by child age please refer to the Child well-being module)

  • Child health
  • Child poverty
    • CO2.1 Trends in the income position of different household types (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • CO2.2 Child poverty (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • CO2.3 Material deprivation among households with children (.pdf) (.xls)
  • Education/literacy   
    • CO3.1 Educational attainment by gender and average years spent in formal education (.pdf)  (.xls)
    • CO3.2 Gender differences in university graduates by fields of study (.pdf)  (.xls) 
    • CO3.3 Literacy scores by gender at age 10 (.pdf) (.xls)
    • CO3.4 Literacy scores by gender at age 15 (.pdf) (.xls)
    • CO3.5 Young people not in education or employment  (.pdf)  .xls
    • CO3.6 Proportion of immigrant children and their educational outcomes (.pdf) (.xls)
  • Societal participation
    • CO4.1 Participation in voluntary work and membership of NGOs for young adults, 15-29  (.pdf)  (.xls)  
    • CO4.2 Participation rates of first-time voters  (.pdf)  (.xls)  
    • CO4.3 Substance abuse by young people (.pdf) (.xls)
    • CO4.4 Teenage suicides  (.pdf)  (.xls)

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Related databases and articles

  • OECD Social Expenditure database: This database includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and (mandatory and voluntary) private social expenditure at the programme level. 
  • OECD Benefits and Wages database: This database includes indicators that show how social and fiscal policies affect working and unemployed individuals and their families. 
  • OECD Education database: This database includes annual data that cover outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources invested in education, structural characteristics of education systems, and the economic and social outcomes of education.
  • OECD Employment database: This database offers a large range up-to-date employment statistics for international comparisons and trends over time.
  • OECD Health database: This database includes key indicators covering Health status, Health resources and utilisation: Life expectancy, Maternal and infant mortality, Health employment, In-patient beds, Medical technology, Immunisation, Average length of stay, Discharges, Surgical procedures, and Transplants and dialyses. 
  • Family Futures (in cooperation with DESA-DSPD for the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014): Publication comprising inputs from 60 analysts on family well-being and examples of family programmes in 74 countries.

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For further information, please contact social.contact@oecd.org.

The structure of the Family database does not include indicators that cover issues related to the position (and care needs) of elderly family members (see pensionhealth or long-term care webpages).

Note: This database has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.


Related Documents


Doing Better for Families


Overview of Gender Differences in OECD Countries

Doing Better for Children

Babies and Bosses - Reconciling Work and Family Life: A Synthesis of Findings for OECD Countries

Starting Strong III - A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care


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