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SOCX Database - related documents and data


The OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy. It includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and (mandatory and voluntary) private social expenditure at programme level. SOCX provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. It covers 36 OECD countries for the period 1980-2015/16 and estimates for 2016-2018.

SOCX Database - related documents and data

Social Expenditure Update - 8-page report (.pdf) (see also in Japanese) (October 2016)
Social spending stays at historically high levels in many OECD countries - Insights from the OECD Social Expenditure database (SOCX)

OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 162, January 2015:

Are Recipients of Social Assistance 'Benefit Dependent'?

Concepts, Measurement and Results for Selected Countries

Social spending is falling in some countries, but in many others it remains at historically high levels: Social expenditure (SOCX) data update 2014 (November 2014)

Social spending during the crisis: Social expenditure (SOCX) data update 2012 (November 2012)

OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 124, October 2011:
Is the European welfare state really more expensive? 
Indicators on social spending, 1980-2012 and a manual to the OECD Social Expenditure database (SOCX)

OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 92, November 2009:
How Expensive is the Welfare State? Gross and Net Indicators in the OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX)

Social Expenditure Statistics of OECD Member Countries, Provisional Version (Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers No. 17)
Part I - Part II

Related data

OECD databases:

- Social Benefit Recipients (SOCR)

- Tax and Benefits systems

- Social indicators from Society at a Glance

- Health data

- Labour Market Programmes

- Education database and Education at a Glance


Eurostat Esspros database on social protection


March 2019: Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2019 see Chapter: Extending coverage and the future of social protection in Asia and the Pacific

May 2017 A Decade of Social Protection Development in Selected Asian Countries

OECD Korea Policy Centre: SOCX technical papers

ADB Social Protection Index: Database - Vol. (2013) - Vol. 1 and 2 (2006)

Latin America:

UN ECLAC: Social Investment Portal in Latin America and the Caribbean



ILO Social Security Inquiry

IMF: A Strategy for IMF Engagement on Social Spending (June 2019): main paper - background papers - case studies

World Bank: Safety Net Spending

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