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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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Value chain integration of export-oriented and domestic market manufacturing firms - An analysis based on a heterogeneous input-output table for Belgium [26/09/2018]

This working paper presents a breakdown of manufacturing industries in the 2010 Belgian input-output tables into export-oriented and domestic market firms. Analyses based on these tables show that export-oriented manufacturers generate a substantial amount of value added in other Belgian firms through their exports. Hence, in terms of policy, export promotion must take into account the value chain for producing exports.

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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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