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OECD Social and Welfare Statistics, 1980-2016

Title details

SN: 4835
Title: OECD Social and Welfare Statistics, 1980-2016
Alternative title: OECD Social Expenditure Database
Persistent identifier: 10.5257/oecd/sed/2009
Depositor: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Principal investigator(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
Elderly - Social stratification and groupings
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
General - Health
General - Social welfare policy and systems
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture
Unemployment - Employment and labour
Use and provision of specific social services - Social welfare policy and systems


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Social and Welfare Statistics (previously Social Expenditure Database) available via the UK Data Service includes the following databases:

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. The main social policy areas are as follows: old age, survivors, incapacity-related benefits, health, family, active labour market programmes, unemployment, housing, and other social policy areas.

The Income Distribution database contains comparable data on the distribution of household income, providing both a point of reference for judging the performance of any country and an opportunity to assess the role of common drivers as well as drivers that are country-specific. They also allow governments to draw on the experience of different countries in order to learn "what works best" in narrowing income disparities and poverty. But achieving comparability in this field is also difficult, as national practices differ widely in terms of concepts, measures, and statistical sources.

The Child Wellbeing dataset compare 21 policy-focussed measures of child well-being in six areas, chosen to cover the major aspects of children's lives: material well being; housing and environment; education; health and safety; risk behaviours; and quality of school life.

The Better Life Index: There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

The Social Expenditure data were first provided by the UK Data Service in March 2004. The UK Data Service web site includes further information on its OECD Social and Welfare Statistics holdings, including a dataset user guide and details of latest database updates.

Citation: The bibliographic citation for the database is: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ({YYYY}): Social and Welfare Statistics ({Ed. Data download: YYYY-MM}). UK Data Service. DOI: {edition specific doi - e.g.}.

Alternative DOIs: 10.1787/socwel-data-en (to access via OECD.Stat subscription).

Main Topics:
Topics covered by the database include:
  • old-age cash benefits
  • disability cash benefits
  • occupational injury and disease
  • sickness benefits
  • services for the elderly and disabled people
  • survivors
  • family cash benefits
  • family services
  • active labour market programmes
  • unemployment

  • health
  • housing benefits
  • other contingencies

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1980 - 2016
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
The following countries are included in the database: OECD member countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany (pre- and post-1990), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Non-member countries (7): Brazil, Chile, People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa. A full list of OECD members and partners is available on the OECD website (
Time dimensions: Time Series
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Method of data collection: For details of methodology, please see the dataset user guide.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 29 March 2004
Latest edition: 08 June 2017 (6th Edition)
Copyright: Copyright Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: Effective July 15th 2015, the UK Data Service made access to OECD online statistics databases free to all users. Please refer to the OECD's Terms and Conditions.
Availability: UK Data Service
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