- REP_CEP8_11421 [24/04/2017]
- REP_CEP2_11081 [31/03/2016]
- OPREP201605 [20/01/2016]
- REP_CEP_01 [25/09/2015]
This report presents the results of an impact assessment of an increase in the social integration allowance (assistance scheme). The study which was commissioned by the State Secretary responsible for poverty reduction consists of two parts, on the one hand, an assessment of the macroeconomic and budgetary effects, including the possible return effects, of the increase and, on the other hand, an estimate of its impact on the poverty risk.
- Economic outlook 2015-2020 [12/05/2015]
- REP_LTMARCH2015_10994 [30/03/2015]
- Economic outlook 2015-2020 0 [19/03/2015]
The present document is the fourth biannual progress report in which the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) gives an account of the monitoring of the economic stimulus strategy announced by the Federal government in the summer of 2012.
This progress report gives an overview of the measures to follow up and reviews the progress of their implementation (situation on June 30, 2014).
OPREP201403 [Contributor - 17/07/2014]
- Working Paper 06-13 [30/08/2013]
- Economic outlook 2012-2017 [14/05/2012]
- SP120504_01 [04/05/2012]
- Economic outlook 2011-2016 [12/05/2011]
- RIS_LAS_2001_01 [30/03/2011]
One of the main sections in the current draft of the 2011-2012 Interprofessional Agreement concerns the welfare adjustment of social benefits. This draft results from a long process and fits in with the law concerning the Solidarity Pact between the Generations, which established a structural mechanism at the end of 2005, linking social benefits to welfare evolution. This working paper ‘Welfare adjustment of social benefits’ describes the first stage of that process: estimating the disposable financial means for the welfare adjustment of social benefits for the period 2011-2012, to which the Federal Planning Bureau contributed. In the employees scheme these means amount to 233.8 million in 2011 and to 497.9 million in 2012, of which the draft of the Interprofessional Agreement proposes to utilize merely 60%. Furthermore, this paper offers an overview of Belgian social policy by portraying its main turning points on the one hand and analysing the evolution of the average amounts of the main social benefits since 1980 on the other. The outcome is marked with contrast: over the period 1980-2009 the relative standard of living globally improved for pensioners, as opposed to the unemployed and the disabled.
Working Paper 04-11 [15/03/2011]
- Working Paper 22-10 [30/12/2010]
- Economic outlook 2010-2015 [19/05/2010]
This working paper describes the second version of MIDAS (an acronym for ‘Microsimulation for the Development of Adequacy and Sustainability’), a dynamic population model with dynamic cross-sectional ageing. This model simulates the life spans of individuals in the base dataset, including with their interactions, for the years between 2003 and 2060. It enables to produce, on that period, adequacy assessment of pensions in Belgium that is coherent with the baseline budgetary projections of the 2009 report of the Study Committee for Ageing realized by the Federal Planning Bureau’s semi-aggregated MALTESE model. Indeed, MIDAS aligns its socio-economic and demographic projections and its macro-economic assumptions on the 2009 report of the Study Committee for Ageing. The adequacy of pensions is analysed through the replacement ratio, inequality measures among pensioners and poverty risk indicators of the elderly.
Working Paper 10-10 [03/05/2010]
- Working Paper 04-10 [21/03/2010]
- Economic outlook 2009-2014 [20/05/2009]
- SP090121_01 [21/01/2009]
- Economic outlook 2008-2013 [21/05/2008]
- Economic outlook 2007-2012 [11/05/2007]
The Belgian Study Group on Ageing of the High Council of Finance, in its Annual Report, publishes the results of research on the budgetary and social effects of ageing. In this context, the Federal Planning Bureau, in its capacity as secretariat and main research body of the Committee, has in recent years been stepping up its efforts to deve lop models based on socioeconomic micro data. The results of one of these models, de signed to make short-term projections of poverty indicators, are presented in this paper.
Working paper 05-06 [15/07/2006]
- Economic outlook 2006-2011 [19/05/2006]
- Economic outlook 2005-2010 [26/05/2005]
- Economic outlook 2004-2009 [17/05/2004]
- Economic outlook 2003-2008 [26/05/2003]
- Economic outlook 2002-2007 [06/06/2002]
- Planning Paper 92 [24/01/2002]
Information and communication technology (ICT) has become a significant economic activity in most industrialized countries as well as an important engine of innovation and changes in the rest of the economy. It has been recognized as one of the key factors boosting productivity growth and hence business sector competitiveness. Various initiatives have been recently adopted at regional, national and European levels in order to meet quickly the new challenges of ICT use and diffusion in Europe. A growing number of indicators are now available in order to assess the position of each country or region in terms of ICT development and to guide policy decisions in that field. The aim of this report is to provide a clear and succinct view of the relative development of ICT in Belgium by analyzing both the production and the diffusion of ICT in our economy 1 and to highlight the main weaknesses and strengths of the Belgian economy in that area. Even if the sector has been recently characterised by stock markets ups and downs and numerous bankruptcies, production of ICT goods and services has contributed significantly during the nineties to the growth of economic activity and employment in some industrialised countries as for instance in Anglo-saxon and Scandinavian countries. Has Belgian economic activity benefited from the boom in the ICT sector to the same extent as other industrialised countries? What kind of development can be expected in the future? These are the main questions addressed in the part of the report devoted to the analysis of the Belgian ICT production sector.Working Paper 01-02 [15/01/2002]
- Benchmarking [15/06/2001]
- Economic Outlook 2001-2006 [15/05/2001]