Social and welfare issues

OECD: a leader in international measurement and analysis in social policy


The OECD carries out work on social data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of social policies. Key statistical areas of work covered by the Social Policy Division include: 




Social Expenditure Indicators (SOCX)



Social Recipients Indicators (SOCR)

Income Distribution and Poverty (IDD)



Social Indicators    

Family Indicators

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Child Well-Being Data Portal

Benefits and wages Indicators

Country Highlights


 Pensions Indicators

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Gender Indicators


Affordable Housing Indicators





The OECD Child Well-Being Data Portal

The OECD Child Well-Being Data Portal (CWBDP) gathers data on child well-being and the settings in which children grow up. It provides information on children’s home and family environment, their health and safety, their education and school life, their activities and their life satisfaction, and also links to information on public policies for children. 

Find out more in the OECD Child Well-Being Data Portal


On average across OECD countries 13.5% of children live in income poverty, but rates do differ considerably from country to country. In five OECD countries (Chile, Israel, Spain, Turkey and the United States) more than 20% of children live in poverty, with rates particularly high – at around 25% – in Israel and Turkey. In contrast, in nine other OECD countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland) less than 10% of children live in income poverty. In Denmark and Finland the child income poverty rate is only around 3-4%.

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