To promote transparency and provide information, the Federal Planning Bureau regularly publishes the methods and results of its works. The publications are organised in different series, such as Outlooks, Working Papers and Planning Papers. Some reports can be consulted here, along with the Short Term Update newsletters that were published until 2015. You can search our publications by theme, publication type, author and year.
The 1996 Act establishes a preventive wage norm, based on the expected evolution of the labour costs in three reference countries, namely France, Germany and the Netherlands. It refers for those three countries to forecasts drawn up by the OECD. In its "Economic Outlook", the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) analyses in the chapter on the labour market, particularly since the 2007 edition, the monitoring of the “wage norm”. This analysis revealed the existence of different concepts of wage costs. This note aims to clarify and explain these concepts as well as the wage developments in these different meanings. It also seeks to raise questions related to these concepts
Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs > Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data [C82]
Labor and Demographic Economics > Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs [J3]
Labor and Demographic Economics > Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining [J5]