News

  • Recrutement d'un économiste spécialisé dans le domaine des pensions (M/F/X) pour un contrat à durée indéterminée (11/04/2018)

    Dans le cadre de ses activités pour le Centre d’expertise des pensions, le BFP recrute un expert dans les liens d’un contrat à durée indéterminée.

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts (03/04/2018)

    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.

  • Suppression de la dégressivité du salaire minimum et emploi des jeunes : quel impact ? (16/03/2018)

    Cette mesure a eu un impact positif modéré tant sur les salaires que sur la probabilité de rester dans l’emploi. En revanche, elle a eu une incidence négative sur les taux d’embauche.

  • Belgium’s ageing population stabilises as from 2040 due to the gradual phasing out of the baby boom effect (22/02/2018)

    The Federal Planning Bureau publishes its 2017-2070 demographic projections for Belgium. This exercise notably reveals the impact of the disappearance of the baby boom generation, as well as certain regional differences.

  • Bien-être et PIB évoluent-ils de concert ? (20/02/2018)

    Une majorité des 63 indicateurs du rapport Indicateurs complémentaires au PIB montre une amélioration. Malgré cela, le bien-être a diminué entre 2008 et 2016. C’est ce qu’indique un nouvel indicateur composite proposé par le BFP. Cette diminution découle principalement de la détérioration de l’état de santé des Belges, entre autres de leur état de santé mentale.

  • The growth of the Belgian economy should slightly pick up this year to 1.8% (08/02/2018)

    Economic growth in the euro area was surprisingly high (2.5%) last year and is expected to remain solid (2.2%) in 2018. Against this backdrop, the growth forecasts for the Belgian economy in 2018 have been revised slightly upwards to 1.8%, compared to our September release. This favourable development leads to a rise in employment by 57000 people. This year, inflation is expected to cool down somewhat to 1.7% as a result of both the appreciation of the euro and the significant decrease in electricity prices in Flanders.

  • Make the global Sustainable Development Goals real (19/12/2017)

    The 2017 Federal Report on Sustainable Development takes as its starting point the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN. The report assesses 34 indicators showing the evolution of Belgium towards the SDGs and examines the gap between existing scenarios and the SDGs in 3 areas: poverty, energy and transportation. Current developments usually go in the right direction, but most often lag far behind the quantified objectives

  • Énergie, électricité et émissions : les calculs du Bureau fédéral du Plan (30/11/2017)

    A la veille de périodes propices à la réflexion, le Bureau fédéral du Plan recommande à celles et ceux que l’avenir énergétique et climatique du pays intéresse la lecture des quatre études qu'il a publiées au cours de l'année écoulée. Chacune de celles-ci rassemble nombre d'informations factuelles qui aideront à des prises de décisions fondées sur des données quantifiées dans le cadre de la transition énergétique nationale et européenne

  • PROMES - Un nouvel instrument pour la projection des dépenses AMI en matière de soins de santé (21/11/2017)

    En 2015, près d’un tiers des dépenses sociales belges étaient consacrées aux soins de santé. Afin de mieux appréhender les facteurs qui déterminent l’évolution de ces dépenses, le Bureau fédéral du Plan a développé, en collaboration avec l’Institut national d’assurance maladie-invalidité, le modèle de projection PROMES.

  • Removing youth sub-minimum wage rates in Belgium: did it affect youth employment? (16/03/2018)

    Between April 2013 and January 2015, youth sub-minimum wage rates were repealed in Belgium. We identify the impact of the reform by comparing outcomes before and after the withdrawal, across eligible and ineligible categories of young workers, and across abolishing and not abolishing joint committees. Our results show that the reform had a small positive impact on wages and on retention rates and a comparable but negative impact on accession rates.

  • 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.

  • Make the global Sustainable Development Goals real - Sustainable development Report 2017  (19/12/2017)

    The 2017 Federal Report on Sustainable Development takes as its starting point the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN. The report assesses 34 indicators showing the evolution of Belgium towards the SDGs and examines the gap between existing scenarios and the SDGs in 3 areas: poverty, energy and transportation. Current developments usually go in the right direction, but most often lag far behind the quantified objectives.

  • Modelling unobserved heterogeneity in distribution : finite mixture models of the Johnson family of distributions (30/11/2017)

    This paper proposes a new model to account for unobserved heterogeneity in empirical modelling. The model extends the well-known Finite Mixture (or Latent Class) Model by using the Johnson family of distributions for the component densities. Due to the great variety of distributional shapes that can be assumed by the Johnson family, the method does not impose the usual a priori assumptions regarding the type of densities that are mixed.

  • The Belgian energy landscape by 2050 : an outlook assuming no changes in policy (27/10/2017)

    This energy outlook describes the evolution of our national energy system by 2050, assuming unchanged policy. The analysis of this outlook makes it possible to assess, at Belgian level, whether it is necessary to adopt and the extent of new measures and policies in view of the 2030 European Framework for Climate and Energy and the transition towards a low-carbon society by 2050.

  • Growth and Productivity in Belgium (17/10/2017)

    The objective of the report is to provide an overview of the main drivers of economic growth and the productivity evolution in Belgium, in comparison with its three neighbouring countries and the US over 1970 and 2015. Recent evolutions, over 2000-2015, are analysed in details in order to shed light on the impact of the great recession. The growth accounting methodology is applied to explain labour productivity growth for the total economy, manufacturing and market services.

  • Accuracy assessment of the FPB short-term forecasts - An update (12/10/2017)

    The Federal Planning Bureau is responsible, within the National Accounts Institute, for producing the macroeconomic forecasts that are used to set up the federal government budget. This working paper presents an update of the ex post assessment of the quality of these forecasts.

Quick access

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 : 03/04/2018)

Indicators

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 : 20/04/2018)

Please do not visit, its a trap for bots