Brazil’s Cities to See Better Growth Prospects after a Nasty Recession

by March 5th, 2017

As revealed by recently published City Reviews of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, during the period 2011-2016 Brazilian cities witnessed the worst economic performance among the BRIC urban markets. In fact, 19 out of 26 first- and second-tier cities in Brazil that Euromonitor International tracks experienced total real GDP contractions of between 1-16% […]

Falling Birth Rates Threaten Long-term Economic Growth in Key Developed Cities

by January 17th, 2017

While developed urban areas generally have more favourable demographics than their respective countries, most metropolises across the developed regions have been experiencing declining birth rates. Continued move toward a world with fewer children will not only significantly reshape consumer markets but, given a positive association between birth rates and GDP growth, will also jeopardise the vitality of […]

Dublin and Amsterdam: Do Substantial Foreign Investments Help Raise Household Incomes?

by January 5th, 2017

Multinationals’ intense investment activities in preferential tax jurisdictions such as Ireland and the Netherlands bring both positive and negative consequences for these countries. On the one hand, substantial FDI inflows (with two countries capturing a sizeable 39% of the EU’s total figure of USD439 billion in 2015) make the largest metropolitan areas of Ireland and […]

Cycling Surge Sweeping across Major US Cities

by November 2nd, 2016

Sprawling, automobile-reliant US cities rarely evoke associations of extensive bike ridership. Yet, despite cycling’s popularity notably varying between the US’ 10 most important metropolises, each one recorded growing household ownership of bikes over 2010-2015, amid declining motorisation rates in most of them. A combination of push and pull factors is driving the change, which local […]

Cities on the Forefront of Economic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

by , and July 23rd, 2016

  Cities are at the forefront of the impressive economic changes in Sub-Saharan Africa. These urban areas boast larger shares of the region’s middle class and consumer spending, as well as households with modern lifestyles, making them a lucrative target for market entry and expansion in the region. Companies that want to capitalize on the […]