William Watson: The OECD’s surprising statistics on social spending

Well, maybe they’re not actually that surprising, since the OECD has been putting them out for a few years now and the story they tell hasn’t changed much. But that story, recounted again in the latest version of its cross-country data on social spending, is not very well known and runs strongly contrary to longstanding Canadian views about where this country ranks in the world hierarchy of social spenders.And “strongly contrary” doesn’t even begin to describe the case regarding our customary view of where our neighbour to the immediate south ranks.To begin, the OECD tabulates traditional measures of government spending

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