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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.
This paper presents a model of Belgian household consumption, with a focus on private health expenditures. To do so, we have formulated and estimated an extension of the classic Almost Ideal Demand System. The original model has been modified by introducing a dynamic adjustment mechanism and by the inclusion of demographic variables. These were expected to capture shifts in consumption patterns related to the changing age composition of the population. The results confirm the expected effects: the ageing of the population is likely to increase the share of private health expenditures (and consumer durables) in the household budget over the coming decades.
The Working Paper presents a study or analysis conducted by the Federal Planning Bureau on its own initiative.
Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs [C8]
Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment > Employment; Unemployment; Wages [E24]
Labor and Demographic Economics > Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination > Employment Determination; Demand for Labor; Self-employment [J23]