(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

Regional income disparity in the Netherlands. An analytical survey and outline model of developments between 1950 and 1975

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



Regional income disparity is a major indicator for regional-policy makers. Two things are important to know in that respect: first, the magnitude of differences in regional income, and, secondly, the factors determining those differences. To measure regional income disparity we have used a three-tier hierarchy with at the top either the eleven provinces or seven non-contiguous functional zones. On all four regional levels our calculations show that the disparity in personal income by head of population in the Netherlands decreased by more than half between 1955 and 1975. With the help of a simple regression model we could establish that regional differences in the participation ratio, the unemployment ratio, the level of education, and property were highly significant determinants of the differences in regional personal income. Some of these factors were shown to be closely associated with the level of urbanization.


Article of periodic

published at : Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Rotterdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 75, no2 [pp. 82-98]

Bibliographic references : 32 réf.



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