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  • Donderdag 10/3/2022
    Piton / Nautet

    Despite a strong convergence in employment rate between men and women, being a mother is still associated with a penalty on the labour market. Motherhood reduces the probability of being employed (mainly for low-educated women) and raises the use of part-time (in particular for highly educated women). Chances to get a managerial position or a job with supervisory responsibilities are therefore narrowed. Conversely, fatherhood is neutral or even an advantage for men’s career. Policies aiming to facilitate work-life balance generate adverse effects on women’s career. While both men and women are eligible, the use of these schemes remained mothers’ choice. Current gender norms lead to the persistence of traditional male and female roles and therefore hinder social progress. An equally shared parental leave could contribute to a fairer picture, just as more affordable and available childcare. Raising young women's awareness about the consequences of their educational and career choices would also certainly help to increase women emancipation.

  • Donderdag 14/1/2021

    Deux fois par an, la Fédération des entreprises de Belgique (FEB) interroge ses fédérations sectorielles pour mesurer la température économique. Sur la base de cette enquête (menée durant le mois de novembre), elle dresse le bilan de la situation économique belge et ses prévisions pour le semestre à venir.

  • Donderdag 5/11/2020
    Koen Algoed

    Since the nineteen seventies, our country has built up a bad reputation with respect to its state of public finances. We didn’t comply with the Maastricht rules nor do and did we comply with both the preventive and the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth pact. On top of that, there are several fiscal headwinds which put an upward pressure on future Belgian public debt. Ageing and climate change are two well-known elephants in the policymakers’ room.

    Hence the fiscal maneuvering room to overcome future challenges seems limited in our country. There are, however, also several areas where the gains from structural reform are relatively high. The paper discusses a non-exhaustive list of some of these fiscal opportunities. Finally, we question our obsolete budgetary processes.

  • Donderdag 5/11/2020
    Peter Reusens, Geoffrey Minne

    Seven months after it was launched, the ERMG survey continues to take the pulse of the Belgian companies by measuring the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their economic activity and their financial health. After a partial rebound between May and August, the Belgian companies’ (self-reported) turnover stalled in September and October at -14 % below normal levels. Moving forward, the COVID-19 crisis will most likely leave scars on the economy as expectations about next year’s revenue, investment plans, employment and risk of bankruptcy remain gloomy. In addition, the recent further worsening of the health situation and the new restrictive measures including the second lockdown of November 2020 are not yet reflected in the latest survey dating from October 20. These recent developments will undoubtedly worsen the already bleak economic outlook. Finally, the crisis will also have a lasting impact on the way employees will work: with wider use of telework, more flexible working hours and less business travel.