Families and children

Doing Better for Families


Please cite as: OECD (2011), Doing Better for Families

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27 April 2011

Pages: 275





All OECD governments want to give parents more choice in their work and family decisions. This book looks at the different ways in which governments support families. It seeks to provide answers to questions such as: Is spending on family benefits going up, and how does it vary by the age of the child? Has the crisis affected public support for families? What is the best way of helping adults to have the number of children they desire? What are the effects of parental leave programmes on female labour supply and on child well-being? Are childcare costs a barrier to parental employment and can flexible workplace options help? What is the best time for mothers to go back to work after childbirth? And what are the best policies to reduce poverty among sole parents?



Foreword (free .pdf)

Chapter 1. Families are changing (free .pdf)

Chapter 2. The balance of family policy tools

Chapter 3. Fertility trends: what have been the main drivers?

Chapter 4. Reducing barriers to parental employment

Chapter 5. Promoting child development and child well-being

Chapter 6. Sole parents, public policy, employment and poverty

Chapter 7. Child maltreatment

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Canada (in English and French)

France (in French and English)

Germany (in German and English)


Italy (in Italian and English)

Japan (in Japanese and English)

Korea (in Korean and English)

Mexico (in Spanish and English)


New Zealand


Spain (in Spanish and English)

United Kingdom

United States




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