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The Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Sector in the Netherlands

5 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008  

Jules Theeuwes

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research


It is hard if not impossible to quantify all the economic effects of press and publishing, arts, design, software and all other copyright-based sectors. Copyright sectors first of all produce value added and generate income; they create employment and contribute to the balance of payments. But the products and services have much wider implications and positive external effects on the economy than can be measured by adding up value added produced and employment generated. It is often tried to capture those more far reaching effects in general terms such as the 'knowledge economy' filled with 'creative workers' (see, for instance Florida, 2002). There is certainly truth in the general perception that creativity, which is the stuff, materialized in the goods and services produced by the copyright-based industry, can change the economy and have an influence on the well being of everybody. But it is impossible to capture this perception in hard numbers. Quite well doable however is to capture the measurable parts of the economic contribution in numbers. What I present in below is a measurement of value added and employment of the copyright-based industry in the Netherlands over the past decades. I will also briefly present numbers on the contribution of the copyright-based sector on imports and exports.

Keywords: Copyright-Based Sector, Netherlands

Suggested Citation

Theeuwes, Jules, The Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Sector in the Netherlands. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 65-69, 2004. Available at SSRN:

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