Global networks, cities and economic performance: Observations from an analysis of cities in Europe and the USA

Abstract : The network paradigm has been highly influential in spatial analysis in the globalisation era. As economies across the world have become increasingly integrated, so-called global cities have come to play a growing role as central nodes in the networked global economy. The idea that a city’s position in global networks benefits its economic performance has resulted in a competitive policy focus on promoting the economic growth of cities by improving their network connectivity. However, in spite of the attention being given to boosting city connectivity little is known about whether this directly translates to improved city economic performance and, if so, how well connected a city needs to be in order to benefit from this. In this paper we test the relationship between network connectivity and economic performance between 2000 and 2008 for cities with over 500,000 inhabitants in Europe and the USA to inform European policy.
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Kathy Pain, Gilles Van Hamme, Sandra Vinciguerra, Quentin David. Global networks, cities and economic performance: Observations from an analysis of cities in Europe and the USA. Urban Studies, SAGE Publications, 2016, 53 (6), pp.1137--1161. ⟨10.1177/0042098015577303⟩. ⟨hal-01533540⟩

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