This report, the ninth edition of the biennial OECD overview of social indicators,
addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its
trends. This year’s edition presents 25 indicators, several of which are new, and
includes data for 36 OECD member countries and, where available, key partners (Brazil,
China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) and other G20 countries (Argentina
and Saudi Arabia).
The report features a special chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
people: their numbers, how they fare in terms of economic outcomes and well-being,
and what policies can improve LGBT inclusivity. It also includes a special section
based on the 2018 OECD Risks That Matter Survey on people’s perceptions of social
and economic risks and the extent to which they think governments address those risks.
In addition, the report provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure
of OECD social indicators.