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New culture-oriented economic development trajectories: the case study of four Dutch cities


  • Antonio Russo

    () (School of tourism and leisure, University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)

  • Jan van der Borg

    (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Ca� Foscari)


Culture is a key ingredient of post-industrial, information-intensive economic activity. Culture-oriented economic development (COED) is emerging as a dominant paradigm, integrating the symbolic and creative elements into any aspect of the urban economy, pursuing distinction, innovativeness, and a higher level of interaction between localised individual and collective knowledge and globalising markets. This article presents a dynamic analysis of the effects of culture on the economic development trajectories of European cities. It may contribute to shed more light on the relevance of cultural industries for spatial development, addressing issues such as: cultural endowment, identity and urban competitiveness; dispersed vs. concentration; cultural participation and social inclusion. The analysis uses data collected within the ESPON project 1.3.3 and other information of qualitative and quantitative nature collected by EURICUR in occasion of a study of a sample of European cities . In this paper we present the investigation conducted in the three largest Dutch cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague, which are part of the city-region of the Randstand, and the fifth largest Dutch city, Eindhoven, one the most important economic and educational centres in the Netherlands.

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  • Antonio Russo & Jan van der Borg, 2006. "New culture-oriented economic development trajectories: the case study of four Dutch cities," Working Papers 2006_35, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2006_35

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    1. Jolanta Dziembowska-Kowalska & Rolf H. Funck, 2000. "Cultural activities as a location factor in European competition between regions: Concepts and some evidence," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 34(1), pages 1-12.
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    1. Rãzvan-Andrei Corboª & Ruxandra-Irina Popescu, 2012. "Orsay Museum - Successful Model For Raising Competitiveness In The Romanian Cultural Organizations," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(1), pages 474-482, November.
    2. Camilla Ferri, 2017. "Competitiveness of Heritage Sites: a comparison between Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Venice and Oude Kerk in Amsterdam," Working Papers 05, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.

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    Cultural industry; urban economy; creativity; sustainable development; The Netherlands;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General


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