The Rat Race between World Cities: In Search of Exceptional Places by Means of Super-Efficient Data Envelopment Analysis

K. Kourtit, P. Nijkamp, S. Suzuki

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Abstract

This paper aims to provide a new methodological and empirical contribution to the rising literature on the relative performance and benchmarking of large cities in a competitive world. On the basis of a recent detailed database on many achievement criteria of 35 major cities in the world, it seeks to arrive at a relative performance ranking of these cities by using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). A novel element is the use of a new type of 'Super-Efficiency DEA' to identify unambiguously the high performers ('Exceptional Places') in the group of world cities investigated. This new productivity-based approach is complemented with two new directions in DEA research, viz. a Distance Friction Method and a Context-Dependent method. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages10
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Volume38
Issue numberMarch
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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