(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Cultural amenities and unemployment in Dutch cities : disentangling a consumerist and productivist explanation for less-educated urbanites’ varying unemployment levels across urban economies

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Dept. of Sociology, Erasmus Univ., Rotterdam, PAYS-BAS


This article confronts the production-based interpretation with a competing consumption-based explanation, which focuses on the role of cultural amenities in Dutch metropolitan agglomerations. It is shown that advanced producer services settle in cities that are rich in cultural amenities, instead of the other way around as classical labour-follows-capital explanations imply. Yet, only advanced producer services prove to reduce the unemployment levels of the less-educated, meaning that the polarisation thesis, and not the theory on cultural amenities, is a valid explanation for the low level of unemployment in post-industrial cities


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 50, no14 [pp. 2869-2885]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 3 tabl.



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