New Culture-Oriented Economic Development Trajectories: The Case Study of Four Dutch Cities

40 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2006

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Paolo Russo

Rovira i Virgili University

Jan van der Borg

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Date Written: June 2006


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.

Keywords: Cultural industry, urban economy, creativity, sustainable development, The Netherlands

JEL Classification: R11, Z10

Suggested Citation

Russo, Paolo and van der Borg, Jan, New Culture-Oriented Economic Development Trajectories: The Case Study of Four Dutch Cities (June 2006). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 35/06, Available at SSRN: or

Paolo Russo (Contact Author)

Rovira i Virgili University ( email )

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43006 Tarragona, Tarragona 43007

Jan Van der Borg

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

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Venice, Veneto 30123

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