The Brussels Capital Region (BCR) faces important challenges in terms of mobility and labor market participation. The successful implementation of important policy reforms requires more than ever a broad public support, which can be built by means of a deep democratic debate based on transparent and accurate information. However, the complexity of our tax-benefit system makes that judging the impact of a tax-benefit reform is beyond the abilities of most citizens, civil society organizations and many public administrations. Public debates are therefore at best based on partial information and the different parties have an unequal access to reliable information.   To face these challenges, we develop, an online, open-access and cloud-based tax-benefit microsimulation model for the Brussels Capital Region. It will allow all public administrations, policy makers, social partners, civil society and citizens to specify a detailed tax-benefit reform in an online graphical user interface. will compute the impact of this reform for all individuals in a micro-dataset that is representative of the population of the BCR, and it will present a detailed analysis and visualization of the impact of the chosen tax-benefit reform from a variety of viewpoints in its online interface.  We will work intensively to validate the model and, in this process, use it to produce a series of scientific research papers and policy reports w.r.t. mobility and labor market policies in the BCR.

In collaboration with Transport and Mobility Leuven and HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society, we are evaluating carbon tax scenarios in Belgium for the Federal Public Service FINANCE. CAPE is working on the impact of a carbon tax on the purchasing power of households at risk of energy poverty.

In order to improve mobility, environmental quality and equity on its territory, the government of the Brussels Capital Region decided in the 2019 coalition agreement to implement a system of smart kilometer charges. This new tax has been named Smartmove. Together with Transport & Mobility Leuven and the Motivity Consortium, CAPE has helped to Brussels Capital Region to assess the socio-economic impact of the Smartmove Reform. The first report is available here (NL: SmartMove: Impactanalyse, FR: Smartmove: Analyse d’impact)

CAPE provides methodological support to IBSA-BISA, the Brussels Capital Region’s institute of Statistics and analysis. (Website IBSA :