Tuesday, November 16, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau





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Reliable social security statistics are an important precondition for good governance and policy making. However, in many countries, the quantitative knowledge base on social security is incomplete and often does not follow international statistical standards. The overarching objective of the ILO Social Security Inquiry is to assist countries in improving their quantitative knowledge base on social security.

The objective of the ILO Social Security Inquiry (SSI) is to collect, store and disseminate comparable statistical data on social security worldwide. This includes expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes as well as data on protected persons, recipients of social benefits and benefit amounts. The rationale of the inquiry is to address the lack of (comparable) social security statistics outside the OECD world. In this respect, the inquiry adopts a systematic approach compatible with existing statistical frameworks such as the European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) and the OECD (SOCX Social Expenditure Database).

The ILO Social Security Inquiry identifies statistical information on social security, including employment-related social security schemes, public health, welfare and anti-poverty programmes and non-public schemes of different types transferring goods, services or cash to poor and vulnerable households.

1.    The core of the information in the ILO social security inquiry database can be found in the "Scheme information" section with a direct access to the inventory of schemes and for each, data reported for the overall scheme and for each of the benefits provided.

2.    On this basis, a set a national aggregate indicators are calculated for each countries. There are in theory more than 50 indicators available (on expenditure and coverage). In practice, this number depends on data availability and on the current state in the process of data collection for a given country. These indicators can be found in the the "Indicators" section.

How to? & More about?

How to?

As a start, select a country from the list of available countries
Two main entry points are available by country

1.    Individual scheme data & related information (Scheme information)

2.    Agregate indicators for a given country or for a set of countries (Indicators)

More about?

1.    The ILO Social Security Inquiry Manual | More

2.    ? Help and guidance is available on each SSI webpage (top left corner)

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This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.

Stuart Basefsky                   
Director, IWS News Bureau                
Institute for Workplace Studies 
Cornell/ILR School                        
16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor             
New York, NY 10016                        
Telephone: (607) 255-2703                
Fax: (607) 255-9641                       
E-mail: smb6@cornell.edu                  



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