In 2019, the United States spent 18.7 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on social benefits for the needy, such as cash aid, in-kind goods and services and tax breaks. Countries such as France and Denmark spend far more of a share of their GDP on social programs.
Source: “Social spending,” Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, accessed Dec. 17, 2020, https://tinyurl.com/jls3otn
Data for the graphic are as follows:
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