The Competitiveness of Cities. World Economic Forum. August 13, 2014.
Cities have been the engines of productivity and growth throughout history, and will be essential to the future growth and competitiveness of nations and regions. This is especially true at a time of massive and rapid urbanisation in emerging markets; hence, the focus on the competitiveness of cities. In the report, a four-part taxonomy of city competitiveness was developed, including (1) institutions, (2) policies and regulation of the business environment, (3) “hard connectivity”, and (4) “soft connectivity”. This has been applied to a “big basket” of 26 cities, with a mini case study on each; and to a “small basket” of seven cities, each of those with a full case study. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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