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Cities and the Economy: Fueling Growth, Jobs and Innovation

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch T-Figueras, Ana Isabel

Cities and the Economy: Fueling Growth, Jobs and Innovation






The ability of cities to generate income, employment and well-being for its inhabitants is one of the main drivers behind today's high urbanization rates. Cities concentrate large amounts of people, firms and economic activities, as well as public services and infrastructures. This abundant concentration of resources and public intervention allows for important economic advantages and externalities, such as strategic location, proximity, big local market demand, human resources and diversity. Consequently, cities are becoming indispensable engines for the economic development of regions and nations around the world.
This book reviews the trends and challenges of economic development in urban areas and debates what city governments can do to foster sustainable urban economic development. We discuss various trends as well as challenges of economic development in cities. In addition, we highlight international urban best practices fostering economic development and discuss a few notable successful initiatives.

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27 Jan 2017

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