Inkomens(on)tevredenheid in Nederland en andere landen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 30, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424


Inkomens(on)tevredenheid in Nederland en andere landen

Inkomens(on)tevredenheid in Nederland en andere landen

Based on data of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) an overview is given of the preferred and estimated income distribution for five different professional groups of citizens. The research questions are: (1) Are Dutch citizens able to give a correct estimate of the incomes? (2) To what extent are the incomes fair according to the Dutch population? (3) Has (dis)satisfaction about the fairness of incomes increased or decreased over the last twenty-five years? (4) Are Dutch citizens more or less satisfied with the income differences in the Netherlands compared to people in other countries? (5) What background characteristics affect the maximum income differences that citizens find acceptable?The results show that citizens in the Netherlands are able to give a correct estimate of the actual incomes for the five different professional groups. Dutch citizens believe that a store clerk and uneducated factory worker should earn a little more, while a director of a large company or a minister should earn a lot less. The income of a general practitioner is seen as reasonable. These judgments have not change much compared to 25 years earlier. Compared with residents of other countries the Dutch are quite satisfied with the income distribution in their country.


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