Publications & Documents


8-July-2009

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The spending power of sub-central governments: A pilot study

This pilot study presents indicators that assess sub-central government (SCG) spending power by policy area. Traditional indicators are often misleading as they underestimate the impact of central government regulation on sub-central spending patterns.

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: How to reform the tax system to enhance economic growth

The tax system is relying too much on relatively growth distorting taxes. Despite reforms, labour taxation continues to contribute to substantial labour market traps while corporate tax rates are relatively high. Moreover, most tax bases are narrowed by numerous exemptions and reductions.

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: Improving fiscal federalism

Securing fiscal sustainability requires a reform of the fiscal federalism system. The current transfer system does not align spending and taxing responsibilities and the organisation of the federation is not promoting public spending efficiency.

8-July-2009

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Taxes or grants: what revenue source for sub-central governments?

This paper analyses trends in and driving forces of the revenue composition of sub-central governments (SCG).

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: Promoting competition to strengthen economic growth

Competition policies are being strengthened which will improve consumer welfare and growth. However, competition in retail is hindered by unusually extensive sector regulation while the liberalisation of network sectors has been less successful than in other OECD countries.

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: Executive summary

The Belgian economy is in a deep recession. Nevertheless, the government should not forego structural reforms in areas such as labour policy, fiscal policy, fiscal federalism, taxation and competition. Such reforms are particularly important to meet the challenge of securing fiscal sustainabilit

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009

The Belgian economy is in a deep recession. Nevertheless, the government should not forego structural reforms in areas such as labour policy, fiscal policy, fiscal federalism, taxation and competition. Such reforms are particularly important to meet the challenge of securing fiscal sustainability.

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: Securing fiscal sustainability during the economic downturn and beyond

Public finances are shifting further away from fiscal sustainability, emphasising the need for the reform of the fiscal policy making and strategies to deal with the costs of ageing.

8-July-2009

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List of Economic Surveys of Belgium

List of Economic Surveys - Belgium

8-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Belgium 2009: Coping with the crisis while pursuing structural reforms

The Belgian economy has entered into a deep recession. The government responded with prompt interventions in the financial markets and fiscal stimulus, but needs to follow up with long-term structural reforms.

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