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 […]

How Urban Transport Shapes Consumer Lifestyles: A Case for Congested and Polluted Cities

by November 12th, 2016

Congestion and air pollution have long been the source of countless problems in urban societies – from deterring investment to increasing the occurrence of chronic respiratory ailments. In an age synonymous with rapid technological innovation, smart urban solutions are laying the foundation for new mobility options. Many developed cities are aiming to transform their traditional […]

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 […]

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Next Growth Champions

by October 10th, 2016

A recently published white paper by Euromonitor International reveals dynamic growth shifting from the region’s mature consumer markets in South African metropolises to the urban areas in other Sub-Saharan countries. Soaring population growth and improving purchasing power will strengthen the consumer market potential in the cities across the region. Learn more about some of the […]