The Global Urban Competitiveness Report

Housing Prices: Changing World Cities

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About this report

 Urban competitiveness and economic and social development are closely related. Cities with better infrastructure generate higher urban productivity. Real estate and land markets have a strong influence on city competitiveness; they determine residential and commercial prices, affect the mobility of people and goods, and draw in high-level, skilled labourers.

This report examines the issue of city competitiveness with special focus on urban space and land in cities in selected around the world. It also examines the relationship between real estate prices and the transformational upgrading of selected world’s cities. More than 11 cities are covered in detail and competitiveness indexes compiled for 1038 cities worldwide. This report for 2017-2018 was jointly developed and produced by UN-Habitat and the Chinese Academy for Social Science. 

We thank all contributors and especially Ni Pengfei and Wang Haibo for making this publication possible. 

Report Content

Ni Pengei is the Director of Center for City and Competitiveness at CASS. He is the assistant to the Director of National Academy of Economic Strategy and holds a PHD in Economics
Ni Pengfei
Director Center for City and Competitiveness, CASS

About the Authors

Wang Haibo is a postdoctoral fellow at CASS National Academy of Economic Strategy and holds a PhD in Economics with special interests in economic competitiveness
Wang Haibo
Post Doctoral Fellow at CASS
Marco Kamiya is the Branch Coordinator of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch at UN-Habitat and has over 20 years of experience in Public Finance
Marco Kamiya
UN-Habitat Branch Coordinator