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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"
Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.
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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.
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The Skills Outlook Scoreboard assesses the extent to which the United States are able to make the most of digitalisation. The United States’ performance is measured along 3 main dimensions: Skills for digitalisation, Digital exposure and Skills-related policy effort.
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The United States has one of the lowest rates of non-standard forms of work among OECD countries. In particular, the United States has the lowest rate of self-employment among OECD countries with 6.2% compared to an OECD average of 14.2%
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The tax wedge for the average single worker in the United States decreased by 2.2 percentage points from 31.8 in 2017 to 29.6 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2).