Competitive Cities: A Local Solution to a Global Lack of Growth and Jobs

Event time: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Luce Hall (LUCE), Auditorium See map
34 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Participants:
Megha Mukim, 2006-07 Fox International Fellow; Competitive Cities Team Lead, World Bank Group
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management, SOM
Joanne Tan, Fox International Fellow from Sciences Po
Douglas Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management, Professor of Political Science, SOM

Introductory remarks by Ben Cashore, Joseph C. Fox Academic Director, Fox International Fellowship; Professor of Environmental Governance and Political Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Worldwide, improving the competitiveness of cities is a pathway to growing jobs, productivity and incomes. Of the largest 750 cities in the world, three-quarters have grown faster than their national economies since the early 2000s. But several million additional jobs could be created every year if more cities performed at the level of the world’s best. Competitive cities include more than just household names, capital cities, or global centers of commerce. They are often secondary cities. The success of these competitive cities was not a foregone conclusion: many of them exhibited success amid adversity—for example, many of them are landlocked and in a lagging region of the country.

The World Bank Group launched a flagship Report on Competitive Cities in 2016, and has been working with mayors and city leaders to target increases in productivity, jobs, and incomes for their citizens. This seminar will focus on what competitive cities do, who does it, and how it gets done. Can learnings from cities around the world be relevant to U.S. cities, and vice versa? How do you implement when your policy space and fiscal resources are limited? Is geography destiny, or can cities determine their own fate?

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