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OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2005
OECD. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  24 May 2005
Pages: 200 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264008649 , OECD Code: 102005051P1
Price:   €42 | $58 | £37 | ¥5400 | MXN750
Availability: Out of print
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Other languages:  French (Out of print)
Superseded by: OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2013 - (Available)
Other Versions:  E-book - PDF Format
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Frequency: Every 18 months   Tables: 35  Charts: 68 

Description
This survey of Belgium's economy takes a comprehensive look at the country's most pressing economic problem: population ageing. After looking at the economic and budget consequences of ageing, the report examines a number of responses including putting public finances on a sustainable path, constraining health expenditure growth, increasing the employment rate, enhancing the economic impact of migration, raising achievement in secondary education, and increasing productivity growth.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. The policy challenge: preparing for population ageing
-The economic and budget consequences of population ageing
-A strategy to attenuate the impact of population ageing
-The macroeconomic context
-Summing up the policy challenges
-Bibliography
Chapter 2. Putting public finances on a sustainable path
-Main issues
-The short-term challenge: achieving a small surplus by 2007
-Enhancing the efficiency of public spending
-Bibliography
-Annex 2.A1. Key assumptions
Chapter 3. Constraining public health expenditure growth
-Factors driving high growth
-Policy responses: already initiated and desirable reforms
-Assessment
-Bibliography
Chapter 4. Increasing the employment rate
-Keeping older workers in employment longer
-Reducing the high structural unemployment rate
-Combating unemployment and fostering employment of youngsters
-Bibliography
Chapter 5. Enhancing the economic impact of migration
-Immigration policy
-Immigrants in the labour market
-The fiscal impact
-Assessment
-Bibliography
Chapter 6. Raising achievement in secondary education
-School access, streaming and grade repetition are the major selection
mechanisms
-Improving the quality and attractiveness of technical and vocational education
-Reallocating resources to where they are most needed
-Fostering teacher and student performance: striking the right balance between central regulation and autonomy
-Bibliography
Chapter 7. Increasing productivity growth
-Removing barriers to higher productivity growth in ICT-using sectors
-Increasing product-market competition more generally
-Strengthening the national innovation system
-Bibliography
Glossary
Annex A. Calendar of main economic events
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