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OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2011
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  29 Jul 2011
Pages: 148 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264093287 , OECD Code: 102011121P1
Price:   €58 | $81 | £52 | ¥7500 | MXN1040 , Standard shipping included!
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Other languages:  French (Available (Print on Demand))
Superseded by: OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2013 - (Available)
Other Versions:  E-book - PDF Format
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Frequency: Every 18 months   Tables: 28  Charts: 43 

The 2011 edition of OECD's periodic review of the Belgian economy.  This edition includes chapters covering public finances, the labour market, and green growth.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. Bringing public finances to a sustainable path
-The recovery is gathering pace, but will be insufficient to restore fiscal sustainability
-High levels of public debt boost the need for fiscal consolidation
-Reform of social security is the key to controlling ageing-related cost increases
-Fiscal federalism reform should facilitate consolidation
-An internal stability pact would improve the burden-sharing of fiscal targets
-Annex 1.A1. Progress in structural reform
-Annex 1.A2. Scenarios for public finances
-Annex 1.A3. The Belgian social security system
Chapter 2. Enhance the inclusiveness of the labour market
-The labour market performed relatively well during the crisis, but structural problems remain
-The anti-crisis labour measures should be scaled back as the economy recovers
-The government should focus on making the labour market more inclusive
-There are still large underutilised sources of labour
-Annex 2.A1. The seasonal pattern in the reduced working time programme
Chapter 3. Greener growth in the Belgian federation
-The greenhouse gas emission targets are becoming increasingly challenging
-The high energy intensity of the economy leads to a large amount of emissions
-Polluters must face the marginal cost of damages to ensure cost-efficient abatement
-Improvements in the area of water quality are visible, but suffer from a large backlog
-Environmental tools and policies should be co-ordinated and realigned
-Annex 3.A1. Price elasticities of fuel demand

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