Families and children


  • Gender Equality

    The OECD Gender Data Portal includes selected indicators shedding light on gender inequalities in education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and development, showing how far we are from achieving gender equality and where actions is most needed.

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  • Parental leave: Where are the fathers?

    Men’s use of parental leave is rising, but still low. Countries can encourage fathers to take leave by providing them with non-transferable paid leave on a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ basis, and by ensuring leave is flexible and well-paid.

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  • OECD Family Support Calculator

    The OECD has taken the rules about who is entitled to what benefits and who should pay how much tax in different countries, and put them into one simple 'Family Support Calculator'.

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Families are the cornerstone of society. They play a central economic role, are a crucial engine of solidarity, and provide protection and insurance against hardship. Families offer identity, love, care and development to their members and form the core of many social networks.

OECD Family Database

The Family Database provides internationally comparable data on the situation of families in OECD countries, the OECD’s partner countries, and EU member states. The database contains 70 indicators spanning four main areas: the structure of families, the labour market position of families, public policies for families and children, and child outcomes.


OECD Child Well-being Module 

‌The Child Well-being Module offers information on a range of issues to help inform cross-national and national-level analyses of child policies and child outcomes. The module holds data on more than 20 topics covering public policies, family and community contexts, and child outcomes.


Publications and Analysis

‌The OECD produces a wide range of materials on families and children, from full-length books and monographs to briefings, policy notes and policy backgrounders. See here for a full listing of our publications on families and children and related issues.

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

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