20 June 2019

Metropolitan areas lag behind in broad prosperity

Broad prosperity for the first time above pre-Economic Crisis levels

For the first time, the broad prosperity of the Netherlands is above the level of before the economic crisis. While the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita had already returned to pre-crisis levels in 2016, this is only two years later in the case of broad-based prosperity. Within the Netherlands, there are major differences in broad prosperity between regions: urban areas lag behind rural areas in this respect. For example, the broad prosperity in and around The Hague is 8 percentage points lower than in North Drenthe. This is evident from today's update of the Better Well-Being Index (BWI) 2019 of Utrecht University and Rabobank. This indicator is an integral indicator that provides insight into the development of broad-based prosperity in the Netherlands.