The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2010
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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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Appendix 2: Global urban competitiveness analysis: data sheets for the 150 cities

Pengfei Ni and Peter Karl Kresl


AMSTERDAM CITY COMPETITIVENESS Table A2.1 Basic facts Basic Facts( Unit) Population (10,000) Area (Sq Km) GDP per Capita($) GDP Growth Rate (%) Numerical Value 74.30 219.07 42991 0.83 In Appendix 2, 300 tables of 150 sample cities are given, the contents on which are basic facts, the scores, rankings and the level of urban competitiveness. The table about Amsterdam on the right is used as an example. The first table, indicated by ➀ contains city basic facts including population, area, GDP per capita and GDP growth rate. The second table depicts numerical value, ranking and level of urban competitiveness index. ➁ is the comprehensive urban competitiveness index, ➂ is the compositive individual indicator competitiveness indices and ➃ is non-compositive individual indicator competitiveness indices (including first-level indictors indicated by ➄ and second-level indicators showed by ➅), ➆ is the city location. ➇ is the ranking and ➈ is the grade. The synthetical competitiveness index and nine subentry indexes of the 500 cities are divided into 17 grades based on their ranks. The grades are listed as follows: cities ranked from 1 to 30 are named A++; cities ranked from 31 to 60 are named A+; cities ranked from 61 to 90 are A; cities ranked from 91 to 120 are A−; cities from 121 to 150 are A−−. Cities in the B, C and D grades are divided according to the same theory. The last 20 cities are named D+. The seven level-I indexes and their related subentries are also named from A++ to A−−. Table A2.2 Competitiveness index...

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