Social and welfare issues

The OECD Risks That Matter Survey


The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred perhaps the largest expansion of social protection systems in seventy years. And yet people are calling for even more help from their governments.

Drawing on 25 000 responses from 25 OECD countries, the 2020 Risks that Matter survey finds that people are worried about keeping their jobs, paying the bills, and staying healthy. Seven out of ten respondents say government should be doing more to ensure their economic security, and many are willing to pay more in taxes to support this.

The perspectives offered by the Risks that Matter project offer important insights on how to expand and reform social protection as OECD countries slowly start to recover from the pandemic.


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Publications and data

Forthcoming 2022 Risks that Matter survey:


2020 OECD Risks that Matter Survey

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Report: Main Findings from the 2020 Risks that Matter Survey  (July 2021)

Article:Did bigger and better benefits during the pandemic ease people’s money worries?” in the Washington Post (August 2021)

Policy Briefs:


Country Highlights


2018 OECD Risks that Matter Survey

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Country Highlights


Figures, Tables and Technical Information




Media highlights



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