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Social (and collective) services provide final consumption for households and are distinctive for their non-market character in most OECD countries. Collective consumption decisions and public financing are common, as is production by governments, non-profit organisations and subsidised private organisations.

Social services comprise the following International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) Rev. 3 sub-groups:

- government proper (civil or military);
- health services;
- educational services;
- miscellaneous social services.

Source Publication:
OECD Employment Outlook, June 2000, OECD, Paris. page 83.

Statistical Theme: Social and welfare statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, March 13, 2003