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The Spatial Distribution of Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage in The Netherlands


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  • Karima Kourtit

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jan Möhlmann

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jan Rouwendal

    (VU University Amsterdam)


This paper aims to investigate whether the spatial pattern of creative industries in the Netherlands has a relationship with the presence of cultural heritage or, in a more general sense, cultural capital. It first shows how the creative sector developed between 1994 – 2009 in relation to other Dutch sectors. Additionally, it analyses the urban dimension of the creative industry by focussing on the four large urban agglomerations in the Netherlands. And finally, it addresses the question whether a relationship exists between the share of the creative industry and the stock of cultural heritage at the level of municipalities. The results show a positive correlation between local cultural heritage and the presence of the creative industry at the municipality level.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 13-195/VIII.

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Date of creation: 09 Dec 2013
Date of revision: 29 Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20130195

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Keywords: creative industries; cultural heritage; cultural industry;

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  1. Karima Kourtit & Peter Nijkamp, 2013. "The Use of Visual Decision Support Tools in an Interactive Stakeholder Analysis—Old Ports as New Magnets for Creative Urban Development," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(10), pages 4379-4405, October.


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