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Econ 050: Inequality in the Netherlands

Date:13 September 2019
Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.
Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

What is the reality of inequality in the Netherlands? Professor of economic growth and development Marcel Timmer discusses why it is a vital topic of research at the Faculty of Economics and Business in the latest episode of podcast Econ 050.

Inequality might not take the form you think. A recent wide-ranging study by the Central Bureau of Statistics found divides in unexpected places.

"What they found actually is that the main split – the most inequality is not between males and females or between young and old, but along two other dimensions," Timmer told Econ 050.

"One is the dimension of educational attainment, so the low versus middle and high educated part of the population, and the other is the population with Dutch nationality and Dutch background versus non-Dutch background."

You can listen to the full episode online here, or in your favourite podcast app such as Spotify or iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe!