The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2011
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The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2011

Pengfei Ni

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 treasury 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 and 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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Chapter 3: Global Scale Urban Competitiveness Analyses

Pengfei Ni


GLOBAL URBAN COMPREHENSIVE COMPETITIVENESS ANALYSIS REPORT In this Report, we have selected 500 sample cities from over 130 countries and regions of the world, to illustrate their comprehensive competitiveness, which is made up of six explanatory indicators, including scale of Green Economic GDP (GDP in this report is all Green Economic GDP), GDP per capita, GDP per square kilometer, economic growth rate, number of internationally recognized Technology Innovations, and multinational corporation index. Global Urban Comprehensive Competitiveness Top 50 cities: US-led European and American cities still keep the lead, while San Jose and Shanghai are making the greatest progress The top 10 cities in terms of global urban comprehensive competitiveness in 2011 are: New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong, which are divided among North America, Europe and Asia, with New York, London and Tokyo holding firmly to the ranking of top three major world cities. Among the top 50 cities, 20 are in the United States, and another 16 are in Europe. Three cities in China are included in the top 50, namely Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong, and none of the top 50 cities are in India. Table 3.1 shows changes in global urban comprehensive competitiveness ranking between 2010 and 2011 for the top 50 cities, whose minor changes in the ranking indicate that these cities still maintain strong comprehensive competitiveness. All 500 sample cities in general: Europe, America and Asia take the lead, while China and India are lagging behind...

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