Skills and Creativity in a Cross-section of Dutch Cities

G.A. Marlet, C. van Woerkens

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In this paper we examine Richard Florida’s Creative Capital theory in comparison with Human Capital theory, using a cross section of Dutch cities as our sample. Employment growth in Dutch cities can be predicted both from local education levels and from the presence of a large creative class, but especially from the latter. We conclude that in theory creativity is not very different from human capital. Nevertheless Florida’s creative class is a better standard to measure human capital then education is.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherUU USE Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

Name Discussion Paper Series / Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
ISSN (Electronic)2666-8238


  • human capital
  • creative class
  • urban growth


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