Expenditure for Social Purposes

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Social spending stays at historically high levels in many OECD countries. On average public social spending in OECD countries amounts to about 21% of GDP in 2016. While total public social spending covers all financial flows from public bodies for social purposes, total net social spending also takes into account taxes breaks as well as private spending for social purposes. In particular in the US, the UK and Canada, total net social spending is much higher than public spending for social purposes.
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