chapter  6
Economic Revitalization and the Region
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The spatial aspect of the revitalization of the Dutch economy is the focal point of this chapter. Renewal is described on the basis of five different indicators: the spatial distribution of firms in industrial sectors with good prospects; the innovative nature of regional production environments; the spatial distribution of firms involved in certain kinds of innovation; the distribution of alert firms; and the regional variation in the number of newly established firms. These five indicators differ greatly. The majority of the starters, for example, are not in the least involved in high-tech industries or activities with good prospects. 6.2 Activities with Good Prospects It is not easy to identify the location of firms special­ izing in activities with good prospects. The problem is that the activities thus defined (for industry, by the Wagner Commission; for services, by the Steering Committee Services Research, also called the Oostenbrink Commission) have to be translated in industry codes in order to make use of data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The available CBS data provide much less detail than the classification of the Wagner Commission and the Oostenbrink Commission, howe­ ver. In addition, the CBS categories are at the level of firms, not individual products. Moreover, the categories

activity with good prospects such as ' electronic media' is indeed not easy to translate into one of the existing indus­ try codes. Therefore, empirical research has no recourse but to use industry groups that reflect as well as possible the activities with good prospects. Many firms belonging to such an industry group in fact do not have good prospects at all. And the reverse is also possible; many firms with good prospects are listed among industry groups that are not considered promising.