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High income OECD countries Compared by Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure

DEFINITION: Public social expenditure comprises cash benefits, direct "in-kind” provision of goods and services, and tax breaks with social purposes. To be considered "social”, benefits have to address one or more social goals. Benefits may be targeted at low-income households, but they may also be for the elderly, disabled, sick, unemployed, or young persons. Programmes regulating the provision of social benefits have to involve: a) redistribution of resources across households, or b) compulsory participation. Social benefits are regarded as public when general government (that is central, state, and local governments, including social security funds) controls relevant financial flows. The expenditures shown here refer only to public social benefits and exclude similar benefits provided by private charities.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Sweden 29.4% 2009
2 France 29.2% 2009
3 Austria 27.2% 2009
4 Denmark 26.9% 2009
5 Germany 26.7% 2009
6 Belgium 26.4% 2009
7 Finland 26.1% 2009
8 Italy 25% 2009
9 Luxembourg 23.2% 2009
10 Portugal 23.1% 2009
11 Norway 21.6% 2009
12 United Kingdom 21.3% 2009
13 Spain 21.2% 2009
14 Poland 21% 2009
15 Netherlands 20.9% 2009
16 Greece 20.5% 2009
17 Switzerland 20.3% 2009
18 Czech Republic 19.5% 2009
19 Japan 18.6% 2009
20 New Zealand 18.5% 2009
21 Australia 17.1% 2009
22 Iceland 16.9% 2009
23 Ireland 16.7% 2009
24 Slovakia 16.6% 2009
25 Canada 16.5% 2009
26 United States 15.9% 2009
27 South Korea 6.9% 2009

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