The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2010

The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2010

Pengfei Ni and Peter Karl Kresl

The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2010 is an empirical study of the competitiveness of 500 cities around the world. This one-of-a-kind annual resource draws on a wealth of data sources, all of which are described and assessed. Using a sophisticated methodology and a team of 100 researchers from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the book not only ranks these cities but also presents a wealth of information with regard to the strengths and weaknesses of each city in relation to each other. The book includes a full discussion of the factors that create urban competitiveness, what sorts or categories of cities are most competitive, and comments on the policies and initiatives that are adopted by the most competitive cities.

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Pengfei Ni and Peter Karl Kresl

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, urban and regional studies, urban economics, urban studies

Extract

Economic globalization and the development of information technology have enabled cities to achieve greater and greater significance in global economic activities. With increasingly fierce competition among cities, improving urban competitiveness is becoming an important strategic issue to cities, companies and countries in the world. To conduct further research and discussion on this issue, Professor Peter Karl Kresl and I initiated the Global Urban Competitiveness Research Project (GUCP) group, made up of scholars with interests in urban competitiveness from several countries. We decided to hold an international forum on urban competitiveness every year. To provide global cities, companies and the public with comparative information and decision-making reference on urban competitiveness, we decided to release a Global Urban Competitiveness Report every two years. It is a hard and pioneering job. The report for the years 2007–08 was completed by members of the Secretariat under the leadership of Professor Pengfei Ni, the General Secretary of GUCP. Great support and assistance has been received from Professor Kresl and members of the GUCP, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and its Finance and Trade Institute, urban research experts from several countries, and governments of some major cities in the world. The Report was made possible by more than one year of efforts on theoretical innovation, data collection, on-site investigation, and data processing and analysis. A comprehensive comparison on 500 cities in the world, focused analysis on 150 cities, and case studies on the top ten cities of urban competitiveness are available in the...