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Meeting of Providers of OECD Income Distribution Data (2013)


OECD Conference Centre

21-22 February 2013

Room D (21/02 all day and 22/02 until 13.00); Room CC13 (22/02 from 14.30 to 16.30)


Information about this meeting

The OECD has a long-standing tradition in the collection and publication of income distribution data. Such collection takes place through a network of practitioners in member countries that provide the Secretariat with detailed cross tabulations. These tabulations are based on micro data of the national source which is deemed by member countries to be most suitable for monitoring and benchmarking income distribution, and on methodological specifications provided by the Secretariat.

With the increased visibility of OECD work in this field (following the publication of Growing Unequal?, in 2008, and of Divided We Stand, via, in 2011), in 2012 the data collection moved to a more permanent basis, with collection of rolling updates (depending on the frequency of the source data). Such collection is undertaken jointly by the OECD Statistics Directorate and by the Social Policy Division within the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.

In this context, the aim of this meeting is to reinforce the collaborative relationship between the OECD Secretariat and data providers in member countries, and to identify the steps that could be taken to improve the quality and comparability of the data collected, and to extend its coverage to additional aspects.

                                   Income distribution meeting
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A detailed agenda and issues paper in .pdf format is available here.

All presentations (.pdf) available in a .zip file here.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

  1. Welcome and Work Plan                                                                

1.1 Introduction

  • Martine Durand, OECD Chief Statistician and Director of the OECD Statistics Directorate - speech

1.2 Overview and objectives of the meeting

  • Michael Förster, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affaires Directorate - presentation (.pdf)
  2. The OECD Income Distribution Database

 2.1 Collection process, statistical infrastructure and indicators

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation:


 2.2 Comparability of OECD with other international and national estimates on income inequality and poverty

Secretariat introduction:

  • Maxime Ladaique, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affaires Directorate - presentation (.pdf)


10.40-11.00  Coffee break

 2.3 Better informing users of OECD income distribution data about the quality of the underlying national sources

Country presentation:


 2.4 General discussion and wrap-up session

12.30-14.00 Lunch break
  3. Technical issues I: Income definitions and comparability

3.1 Alignment of the income nomenclature to Canberra 2011

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation:


3.2 Classification of income components, in particular private/public transfers 

Secretariat introduction:

  • Michael Förster, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate - presentation (.pdf)

Country presentation:

Presentation of the treatment of tax credits:


3.3 Scaling-up of survey amounts with National Accounts

Secretariat presentation:

Country presentation:

15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 3.4 General discussion and wrap-up session
17.30 End of the first day

 Friday, 22 February 2013

  4. Techincal issues II: Data treatment

4.1 Treatment of negative income, top and bottom coding                                                                                    

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation:


4.2 Correction for item-non-response

Secretariat introduction:

  • Maxime Ladaique, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affaires Directorate - presentation (.pdf)

Country presentation:


4.3 Computation of standard errors

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation 1:

Country presentation 2:


4.4 Household definitions

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation:

11.00-11.30 4.5 General discussion and wrap-up
11.30-12.00 Coffee break
  5. Technical issues III: Possible extensions of the OECD data collection

5.1 Broadening the income concept: Imputed rents and social transfers in kind

Secretariat introduction on imputed rents:

Country presentation:

Secretariat introduction on social transfers in kind:

  • Michael Förster, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate - presentation (.pdf)

Country presentation:

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

5.2 Breakdown of key aggregates at the sub-national level

Secretariat introduction:

Country presentation:


                     6. Next steps

6.1 Summary session

Secretariat introduction


Meeting close

List of Participants - available here


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