The Ten Most Productive Cities In The World

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Jan. 25 2012 3:46 PM

The Ten Most Productive Cities in the World

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program recently took a look at the top 200 cities around the world in terms of aggregate economic output. That allows me to borrow their data and bring you the ten highest-productivity cities among the top 20:

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Note that these are metropolitan areas. The municipalities of Hartford and Bridgeport are not rich, but the large swathes of suburban Connecticut that they serve as hubs for are. I don't have a huge policy point to make about this, but I will note that people sometimes wonder why the high-tech economy doesn't create broadly shared prosperity. Part of the answer has to be that the specific places in the United States where high-tech industry is concentrated are, in fact, among the most propserous places in the world. It's just that relatively few people live in them.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.