Press Release The Fall of the Middle Class?

Unlike the US and other countries in Europe, the Netherlands is not witnessing the 'fall' or 'erosion' of its middle class. Most of the members of the middle groups in society are maintaining their position.


However, it takes much more effort than it used to: they have to work harder in more uncertain circumstances. The middle segment of Dutch society is like a cyclist: if it stops pedalling, it will soon fall over. Similarly, those middle groups that are unable to invest constantly in economic capital (through work, income and assets) and cultural capital (education and training) face the risk of downward mobility. To assuage the vulnerability and bolster the stability of the middle groups in society, policies should focus on reducing uncertainty.