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  • 8-July-2019

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    In-Depth Productivity Review of Belgium

    Belgium has a high level of productivity. However, growth of productivity has declined quite strongly over the past two decades, and more so than in other advanced economies. This is a worrying development, as fewer productivity gains mean less wage growth and a slowdown in improvements to pensions, health care and well-being. This In-Depth Productivity Review of Belgium assesses in detail the drivers of productivity and recommends a 7-Point Action Plan to reignite productivity growth in Belgium. Reviving productivity growth requires action in many areas cutting across governments and ministerial competences. Measures are needed to instil more dynamism in Belgium’s economy, both among businesses and in the labour market, and to make the public finances more growth-oriented. In addition to recommending detailed policy measures to revive productivity growth, the Review contains three analytical chapters that lay out the evidence base: Chapter 1 on economy-wide and sectoral trends in productivity; Chapter 2 on the role of firms for productivity, with a focus on the dispersion of performance among businesses; and Chapter 3 on the worker dimension of productivity, with a focus on the role of wage bargaining and skills.
  • 19-December-2017

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    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.

  • 20-June-2017

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    Economic Survey of Belgium 2017

    Belgium performs well in many economic and social dimensions. The macroeconomic policy framework is sound and has been strengthened by many important reforms in recent years, including in labour taxation, business regulation and support for the self-employed and SMEs.

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  • 17-March-2017

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    Going for Growth 2017 - Belgium

    This country note from Going for Growth 2017 for Belgium identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.

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  • 30-April-2015

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    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

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    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.

  • 9-February-2015

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    Going for growth 2015 - Belgium

    This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Belgium identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.

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  • 4-February-2015

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    Reforms can support growth and equity in Belgium, OECD says

    The Belgian economy has returned to growth and continues scoring well on broader measures of well-being, but further reforms will be needed to secure fiscal sustainability while promoting employment and competitiveness, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Belgium 2015.

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  • 1-July-2013

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    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.

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