This city is far too beautiful a woman. De Dijk, 1988. The land underneath the most expensive residential spot in the city centre is more than 200 times as expensive as its cheapest counterpart in the rural areas of the province of Groningen. How is that possible? The previous chapter showed that in the city more money can be earned than outside it. That wage surplus explains a part of the land value surplus, but not all. Apart from the wage that can be earned, the variety of jobs on offer is also important to the value of residential locations. In determining the price that a housing consumer is prepared to pay, the wage level and the (future) career opportunities also carry weight. Particularly since the number of double-income couples is growing, more and more people strategically opt for a place to live where career opportunities are optimal for both partners.
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