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Global Metropolis: Assessing Economic Activity in Urban Centers Based on Nighttime Satellite Images
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics, Finance and Statistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4560-1905
George Mason University.
2012 (English)In: Professional Geographer, ISSN 0033-0124, E-ISSN 1467-9272, Vol. 64, no 2, 178-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research provides new data and insight onmetropolitan areas worldwide. It summarizes new data, derived from satellite images of the world at night, to provide systematic estimates of the economic activity generated by cities and metropolitan areas worldwide. It identifies 681 global metropolitan areas each with more than 500,000 people. Taken as a whole, these large global metropolitan regions house 24 percent of the world's population but produce 60 percent of global output, measured as light emissions. Asia leads the way in global economic urbanization according to our findings, followed by North America, the emerging economies, and Europe.

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2012. Vol. 64, no 2, 178-187 p.
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globalization; metro regions; nighttime lights; urbanization
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17489DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2011.583590Local ID: IHHEFSISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-17489DiVA: diva2:485926
Available from: 2012-01-30 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2015-11-10Bibliographically approved

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