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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. It covers 35 OECD countries for the period 1980-2013/14 and estimates for aggregates for 2014-16. A Social Expenditure Update - 8-page report- can be found under www.oecd.org/social/expenditure.htm The main social policy areas are as follows: Old age, Survivors, Incapacity-related benefits, Health, Family, Active labor market programmes, Unemployment, Housing, and Other social policy areas. This version also includes estimates of net total social spending for 2013 for 34 OECD countries. SOCX aggregated data are described in Adema, W., P. Fron and M. Ladaique (2011) (see Methodology Part II). Sources and methodology for the estimations 2014-2016 are also described here