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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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The PEACH2AIR database of air pollution associated with household consumption in Belgium in 2014 - Methodological description for the SUSPENS research project funded by the Federal Science Policy Office [14/03/2018]

The database PEACH2AIR links emissions of greenhouse and acidifying gases, of gases contributing to tropospheric ozone formation and particulate matter to consumer expenditures in Belgium in 2014. It relies on standardized air pollution data (including air emissions accounts), input-output tables and the Household Budget Survey. Analyses for 2014 show that energy products as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages are the most air polluting expenditure categories.

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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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