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The FPB’s studies cover 11 main themes: Energy, Environmental economic accounts and analyses, International economy, Labour market, Macroeconomic forecasts and analyses, Public finances, Sectoral accounts and analyses, Social protection, demography and prospective studies, Structural studies, Sustainable development, Transport.

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Exports, Firm Heterogeneity and Employment in Belgium: an Input-Output Analysis [29/01/2020]

This paper presents an estimation of employment sustained directly and indirectly by exports based on an export-heterogeneous input-output table. In this table, manufacturing industries are disaggregated according to the exporter status of firms in order to account for within-industry differences in input structures. According to our results, export-sustained employment in Belgium amounted to 1.32 million jobs in 2010, which corresponds to 29.5 % of total employment.

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Sectoral analyses are needed to understand the specific characteristics of each industry and the interdependencies between industries in the economy.

Input-output tables are a tool of choice for such analyses. More specifically, they can be used as an instrument to carry out:

  • analyses of the production and cost patterns of branches;
  • analyses of the interdependencies between, industries;
  • impact studies. 

The use of the environmental accounts provides interesting sectoral applications. Comparison between the different environmental accounts (AEA, Energy Use Account, EPEA, etc.) and the combination of environmental data with (macro) economic indicators (from the IOT for example) could open up new perspectives.

Linking the input-output tables with the Social Accounting Matrix will add qualitative aspects (divided according to employment characteristics or household types) to the analyses in the future.

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