A Curious Economic Riddle

  • From most of its economic data post financial crisis one would be inclined to think Belgium is a peripheral Southern European eurozone economy.
  • The Dutch economy on the other hand is one of the most competitive in the world.
  • Yet for most of the post-financial crisis period, the Belgium economy performed considerably better on growth, the labor market and household consumption.
  • We look at the data and will try to make sense of this seeming puzzle.
  • We’ll also look at what can be gauged from this for the relative outlook of the countries’ bond markets.

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