Netherlands - Increase of wealth gap in larger cities - March 31, 2016

According to the environmental assessment agency PBL, the number of jobs in the cities increased by 30 percent over the past 25 years, compared to 20 percent in non-city areas. Amsterdam and Utrecht in particular showed a strong growth in jobs. Cities also have many high paying jobs. However, the PBL-report The divided triumph reveals that, while the economy is improving, the gap between rich and poor in cities is also increasing. Over the past years, the wage difference between the highest and lowest earners increased by 3.5 percent in the larger cities, even by 4 percent in Amsterdam.

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