Working Papers


  • 19-December-2017

    English

    Raising and mobilising skills to boost productivity and inclusiveness in Belgium

    A highly educated and skilled workforce has been an important driver of productivity performance and prosperity in Belgium.

  • 19-December-2017

    English

    Making the business environment more supportive of productivity in Belgium

    A favourable business environment is crucial to boosting Belgium’s productivity and inclusiveness and to sustain improvements in long-term economic prosperity.

  • 30-April-2015

    English

    Maintaining an efficient and equitable housing market in Belgium

    Housing conditions in Belgium are among the best in OECD countries according to the Better Life Index, as dwellings are of high quality and large, and housing costs are average.

  • 8-April-2015

    English

    Improving the labour market integration of immigrants in Belgium

    Improving the labour market performance of immigrants requires a two-fold strategy. First, policies specific to migrants need to be enhanced. Second, general reforms to improve the functioning of the economy, desirable in any case, could also have a significant positive impact on immigrants.

  • 1-July-2013

    English

    Belgium: enhancing the cost efficiency and flexibility of the health sector to adjust to population ageing

    Belgium has a good record in delivering accessible care, but adaptation to population ageing will be complicated by the fragmentation of responsibilities in the healthcare system and a strong reliance on government regulations.

  • 16-January-2013

    English, PDF, 555kb

    Enhancing the inclusiveness of the labour market in Belgium

    The global crisis led to a smaller increase in the unemployment rate than in most other OECD countries as employment has been sustained through intensive use of reduced working time schemes.

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  • 29-September-2011

    English

    Greener growth in the Belgian federation

    The degradation of the environment due to climate change and pollution can harm living standards and damage growth prospects.

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  • 18-December-2009

    English

    How to reform the Belgian tax system to enhance economic growth

    Individual elements in the Belgian tax system affect the growth process through different channels and to a varying degree.

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  • 18-December-2009

    English

    Fiscal federalism in Belgium: Main challenges and considerations for reform

    The paper discusses the current state of fiscal relations across levels of government in Belgium and how it has developed over time.

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  • 3-December-2009

    English

    Promoting competition to strengthen economic growth in Belgium

    Prices for many goods and services in Belgium are higher than in other countries, reflecting generally weak competitive pressures.

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