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The OECD Risks That Matter Survey


Falling ill.  Struggling to make ends meet.  Having enough money in old age.

The OECD Risks that Matter survey finds that these concerns are weighing on people’s minds across countries.

The OECD Risks That Matter survey polled a representative sample of 22 000 adults in 21 OECD countries in 2018, and 25 000 adults in 25 OECD countries in 2020. It examines people’s perceptions of the social and economic risks they face and assesses how well people feel government reacts to their concerns.

2020 OECD Risks that Matter SurveY

RTM2020 COVID-19 policy brief

New on Wednesday 28 April 2021:


June 2021 (forthcoming): Launch of RTM 2020 main report

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  • COVID-19 has caused major stress about finances, with almost 70% of respondents saying they are concerned about their economic and social well-being in the next couple of years [@OECD_Social]
  • OECD has taken the pulse of people’s economic health during the #COVID19 pandemic. New OECD #RisksThatMatter survey reveals rising worries about health and financial security [@OECD_Social]
  • The feeling of insecurity runs deep: around 40%  of respondents to OECD’s #RisksThatMatter survey have experienced job-related disruption, such as job loss, use of job retention scheme, reduced working hours, pay cut [@OECD]
  • Countries have bulked up social protection systems during COVID-19, but people experiencing economic insecurity still need significant support. And it is essential to address gaps in social protection in recovery plan [@stescarpetta]
  • Video: The results of @OECD's latest #RisksThatMatter survey show a stark picture of economic insecurity across the world. Learn about people’s concerns & how well they think governments are doing as we navigate the #COVID19 pandemic [@OECD_Social]



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