- US and European cities are the world’s most competitive today, despite concerns over ageing infrastructure and large budget deficits.
- Asia’s economic rise is reflected in the economic competitiveness of its cities.
- A “middle tier” of mid-size cities is emerging as a key driver of global growth.
- The most significant advantage that developed country cities hold is their ability to develop and attract the world’s top talent.
- Infrastructure investments will drive emerging market growth, but more will be needed to secure their attractiveness to tomorrow’s talent.
- Cities of all sizes can be competitive, but density is a factor in the competitiveness of larger cities.
- African and Latin American cities lag most on competitiveness.
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