Global Cities Initiative: A Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase

GCI in São Paulo

Sao Paulo skyline

The Global Cities Initiative hosted its first international forum in São Paulo, Brazil. Presentations and panel discussions focused on the roles metropolitan areas play in global trade and investment.

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The Metropolitan Future of Brazil and the United States

Global Cities Sao Paulo 

During the GCI international forum, Bruce Katz delivered remarks on metropolitan areas and their potential to power national economies worldwide.

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Global Metro Monitor 2012: Slowdown, Recovery and Interdependence

Global Metro Monitor 

This year's Global MetroMonitor, the third edition of the annual report, analyzes 2011-2012 data on GDP per capita and employment change, among other factors, for the world's 300 largest metropolitan economies. The accompanying interactive feature allows users to explore metro-level data and economic performance rankings.

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Metro Brazil: An Overview of the Nation's Largest Metropolitan Economies

To coincide with the Global Cities Initiative’s international forum in São Paulo, Brazil, the Metropolitan Policy Program is providing economic snapshots of the Brazilian metro areas that rank among the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies. Using data from the latest Global MetroMonitor, these profiles illustrate how metropolitan areas contribute to national economic growth.

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Metropolitan Trade: Cities Return to Their Roots in the Global Economy

Trade is essential to metropolitan areas – it is how they grow their economies. Alan Berube and Joseph Parilla explore the history of metropolitan commercial relationships, urging today’s leaders to embrace the resurgent fundamentals of trade in an age of increasing international exchange and rapid urbanization.

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