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City at a Glance: Boston

Boston highlights Boston has a large pool of highly skilled employees. 51% of Boston’s adult population (aged 15+) held a higher education degree in 2016, against 35% elsewhere in the country. Consequently, Boston enjoyed a 29% premium in labour productivity over other parts of the US. The highly productive business services category accounted for 24% […]
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New Strategy Briefing – Economic and Business Effects of Ethnic Diversity in Western European Cities

Throughout the last decade, migration has been growing in Western Europe. Foreigners have been flocking mainly to major cities of key economies in the region and thus shaping both their demographic composition and consumer markets. The New Strategy Briefing published by Passport Cities provides an overview of cities which were impacted the most by international immigration and what role it had in city growth. A few key findings: Additionally, […]
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Why City Insights Matter for Business Strategy: Is South Korea Home to the ‘Smartest’ Cities in the World?

Hyper-connectedness has emerged as one of six key long-term themes shaping the world’s cities in a strategy briefing Why City Insights Matter for Business Strategy. No other major city globally is permeated with technology to the extent that Seoul is. Moreover, the latter is not a standalone example of tech savviness in the country: all 11 South Korean […]
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Shifting Market Frontiers: Five Secondary Chinese Cities for Retailing

As discussed in the recently published strategy briefing — Shifting Market Frontiers: Identifying Asia Pacific’s Secondary Cities for Retail Investment, Chinese secondary cities (cities with total disposable income of USD10 billion – USD50 billion in 2016) present the greatest potential for retail market investment in the developing Asia-Pacific region. Opportunity-hungry companies and investors are always on the […]
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Why City Insights Matter for Business Strategy

By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will reside in cities. Cities are diverse in nature and can often tell you more about a target market than country-level analysis. Understanding city level data and developments helps businesses to prioritise cities offering the most attractive environment for investment based on economic growth, demographics, consumer preferences and […]
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Urban Core Revival: Borough-level Population Data Corroborate Appeal of City Centre Living – London

As extensively analysed in the Cities’ most recent strategy briefing “Urban Core Revival: Drivers, In-depth Look at Cities and Implications for Businesses”, the beginning of the 21st century brought forth a resurgence in population growth in metropolitan core cities across the developed world. An even more detailed analysis – at a borough level within core […]
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Emerging Market Champions: Chinese vs Indian Cities – Where Do the Differences Lie?

The narrative which speaks of India and China leading global growth in the long term, consistent with the ‘Asian Century’ trend which suggests the increasing dominance of Asian economies in economic affairs over the 21st Century, has been widely voiced. Nonetheless, inherent differences are present between the two countries, especially when looking through the lens […]
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Falling Birth Rates Threaten Long-term Economic Growth in Key Developed Cities

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

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 […]
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Most Read on Passport Economies in 2016

2016 has been a challenging year for the global economy, with two major political shocks in advanced economies – the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. In economic terms, the year has been defined by uncertainty, and consumers have reacted to this by reducing expenditure […]
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How Urban Transport Shapes Consumer Lifestyles: A Case for Congested and Polluted Cities

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 […]
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Cycling Surge Sweeping across Major US Cities

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 […]
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