• Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts

    Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts

    Monthly evolution of the consumer price index and of the so-called health index, which is used for the price indexation of wages, social benefits and house-rent.

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  • The well-being of Belgians: income is just part of the picture

    The well-being of Belgians: income is just part of the picture

    Health is the main determinant of the well-being of Belgians. Income matters but to a lesser extent. Having a job and being surrounded by loved ones also have an impact on well-being. These results apply to an “average” Belgian. The analysis of different sub-groups shows that these determinants are not of equal importance to all Belgians.

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  • Qualitative employment data for Belgium : 1999-2015

    Qualitative employment data for Belgium : 1999-2015

    In this database, domestic employment, labour volume (hours worked) and the wage costs of wage earners are broken down per industry (A38 of Nace rev. 2) according to gender, age group and education level. The breakdowns of employment and labour volumes are available for domestic employment as a whole and for wage earners and self-employed people separately. The database provides annual results for the period 1999-2015 and corresponds with the last edition of the national accounts (October 2016).

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News

  • Des perspectives pour l’économie belge de croissance modérée, de créations d’emploi soutenues et de déficits publics persistants (20/06/2017)

    Les Perspectives économiques publiées par le Bureau fédéral du Plan permettent de baliser un avenir « à politique inchangée » de l’économie belge pour les cinq prochaines années. Les Perspectives 2017-2022 s’inscrivent dans un contexte de reprise économique modeste en zone euro et se caractérisent par des mesures de politique économique au niveau belge favorisant l’intensité en emploi de la croissance.

  • Les droits à pension acquis dans le premier pilier s’élèvent à 379 % du PIB en 2015 (15/06/2017)

    Les droits à pension acquis par les ménages belges dans les régimes légaux de pension (premier pilier) à la fin de l’année 2015 sont estimés à 1 557 milliards d’euros. Cela correspond à 379 % du produit intérieur brut (qui s’élève à 410,4 milliards d’euros en 2015).

  • De l’art subtil de piloter la politique budgétaire (13/06/2017)

    La Belgique s’est engagée vis-à-vis de l’Europe à rétablir l’équilibre des finances publiques en 2019. Un tel objectif est-il crédible ?

  • La croissance de l’économie belge s’établirait à 1,6 % tant en 2017 qu’en 2018 (08/06/2017)

    Conformément à la loi du 21 décembre 1994, l’Institut des comptes nationaux a communiqué les chiffres du budget économique au ministre de l’Économie. Ces perspectives macroéconomiques s’inscrivent dans le cadre de la préparation du budget 2018.

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts (06/06/2017)

    Monthly evolution of the consumer price index and of the so-called health index, which is used for the price indexation of wages, social benefits and house-rent.

  • The well-being of Belgians: income is just part of the picture (02/06/2017)

    Health is the main determinant of the well-being of Belgians. Income matters but to a lesser extent. Having a job and being surrounded by loved ones also have an impact on well-being. These results apply to an “average” Belgian. The analysis of different sub-groups shows that these determinants are not of equal importance to all Belgians.

  • Qualitative employment data for Belgium : 1999-2015 (01/06/2017)

    In this database, domestic employment, labour volume (hours worked) and the wage costs of wage earners are broken down per industry (A38 of Nace rev. 2) according to gender, age group and education level. The breakdowns of employment and labour volumes are available for domestic employment as a whole and for wage earners and self-employed people separately. The database provides annual results for the period 1999-2015 and corresponds with the last edition of the national accounts (October 2016).

  • Le transport : troisième poste de dépenses des ménages en Belgique (20/04/2017)

    En 2015, sur 10 euros dépensés par les ménages, un peu plus d’un euro était consacré au transport (11% des dépenses totales). Il s’agit du troisième poste de dépenses après le logement (24%) et l’alimentation (13%). Cette part est restée relativement stable entre 1995 et 2015 bien que les dépenses de transport (corrigées de l’inflation) aient augmenté de 18% au cours de la même période.

  • La Belgique vieillit et peut tabler sur 13 millions d’habitants et 5,8 millions de ménages en 2060 (07/03/2017)

    Derrière ces tendances globales se cachent des évolutions régionales différentes : la population bruxelloise s’accroît deux fois plus vite, et vieillit moins rapidement que celles de la Flandre et de la Wallonie. La publication présente également les résultats de la projection démographique au niveau des arrondissements.

  • What matters to Belgians ? Analysis of the determinants of individual well-being in Belgium (02/06/2017)

    This Working Paper analyses the determinants of individual well-being in Belgium, using data from the EU-SILC survey. The analysis shows that on average health, both mental and physical, is the key determinant of well-being for Belgians. Enjoying sufficient income to access what is regarded as the prevailing standard of living in Belgium, having a job and being surrounded by loved ones also have a significant and positive impact on well-being. Besides these results for “average” Belgians, the analysis of different sub-groups highlights that these determinants are not of equal importance to all Belgians. These results contribute to the FPB’s work on the search for indicators complementary to GDP.

  • Regularization of study periods in the wage earners’ scheme – An analysis of typical cases (12/05/2017)

    This Working Paper examines for which persons it is profitable to regularise study periods and how many study periods would be regularised in the employees' scheme. This analysis of typical cases takes into account different income levels, different payment periods of the regularisation contribution, the number of actual career years and the number of regularised study periods.

  • Cost-benefit analysis of a selection of policy scenarios on an adequate future Belgian power system - Economic insights on different capacity portfolio and import scenarios (23/02/2017)

    In this report, different capacity portfolio and import scenarios for Belgium are investigated. They are based on the reports published by the Belgian transmission system operator Elia in 2016. Four scenarios are scrutinized differing in their overall context (level of carbon price) and/or in the choice of the content of their structural block. A fifth scenario is added which constitutes a sensitivity analysis: in this scenario, a considerable amount of new natural gas-fired power plants on top of the structural block is built on the Belgian territory in order to study the impact of a fairly lower level of (net) imports and even explore the net export option. The five scenarios are compared in order to assess potential longterm strategic choices from a societal perspective.

  • The population at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Belgium - Projection until 2030 (28/11/2016)

    This Working Paper presents, on the basis of information available until July 2016, a projection at unchanged policy until 2030 of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Belgium, as defined in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This population should amount to 2.232 million people in 2018, or 418 000 more than the Europe 2020 target. By 2030, its share should shrink to 16.1%, still 5.6 percentage points higher than the goal resulting from the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Social and environmental goals in a transition towards a low-carbon society – Working document in the framework of the SUSPENS research project (16/11/2016)

    This paper constitutes the contribution of the Federal Planning Bureau to the round table discussion with the Interdepartemental Commission for Sustainable Development of 11/2/2016 as part of task 1.3 of the SUSPENS research project. This paper gives a brief description of the climate and social policy in Belgium. The focus is on the policy goals to which Belgium has committed itself and on how far these have been achieved. The analysis shows that Belgium will have to make considerable efforts to achieve these goals and that cross-border cooperation will be necessary to realise the transition towards a low-carbon society.

  • Drivers of wholesale electricity prices in a small, open economy - Some evidence from the nuclear restart in Belgium (09/11/2016)

    In this paper, the impact of a nuclear downtime and subsequent restart on wholesale electricity prices on the Belgian power exchange is investigated by means of a dual methodology. First, publicly available market data is used to construct a stable statistical model that is deployed to examine the effect of nuclear power generation variations on market price outcomes. Next to this empirical evidence, the optimisation tool Crystal Super Grid is used to assess the impact of the resumed availability of the nuclear reactors on several indicators characterising the Belgian and European power landscape.

  • Commuting subsidies in Belgium - Implementation in the PLANET model (28/10/2016)

    This paper seeks to quantify the size and traffic effects of commuting subsidies in Belgium. To this end we implement the most recently available data on both the personal income tax treatment of commuting reimbursement and subsidies to rail commuters in the PLANET model. We find that subsidy rates by tend to differ strongly by mode and by type of reimbursement. Commuting by own car is generally subsidized at low levels, if it enjoys any subsidy at all. Commuting by company car, bike and public transport enjoy relatively high levels of subsidization. Policy simulations show the importance of commuting subsidies in steering the modal split. Both the exemptions for commuting reimbursements as well as subsidies for rail commuters moderately steer traffic away from private transport, while also lengthening the average commute.

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Consumer price index & Inflation forecasts

Monthly evolution of the consumer price index and of the so-called health index, which is used for the price indexation of wages, social benefits and house-rent. (Last update : 06/06/2017)

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To evaluate the current state of the Belgian economy, the FPB regularly updates a series of indicators. The indicators concern the macro-economic stance of the economies of Belgium, its three neighbouring countries and the euro area, as well as the transport industry.(Last update : 19/06/2017)

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