Best City to Invest in: European Cities Quality Index

Fernández-Crehuet, José María and Rosales-Salas, Jorge and Avilés, Rodrigo (2020). Best City to Invest in: European Cities Quality Index. "Risk Governance & Control: Financial Markets & Institutions", v. 10 (n. 1); pp. 8-22. ISSN 2077-4303.


Title: Best City to Invest in: European Cities Quality Index
  • Fernández-Crehuet, José María
  • Rosales-Salas, Jorge
  • Avilés, Rodrigo
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Risk Governance & Control: Financial Markets & Institutions
Date: 2020
ISSN: 2077-4303
Volume: 10
Freetext Keywords: City Quality, Principal Components Analysis, Quality of Life, European Cities Quality Index
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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In this paper, we propose an index to measure the quality of the most important European cities. Using collected data from 66 cities belonging to the 28 countries within the European Union and applying the principal components analysis method, we construct the European Cities Quality Index (ECQI) as a combination of eight dimensions: (1) Public health, (2) Education, (3) Employment and incomes, (4) Environment, (5) Gender equality, (6) Leisure and entertainment, (7) Housing and safety and (8) Transport and mobility, that are in turn made up of 40 distinct variables. We find that London, Aarhus, and Berlin are the cities with the highest scores in the index, with northern European cities performing the best. At the other end of the spectrum, Sofia, Plovdiv, and Bucharest, with severe deficiencies in every dimension, scored worst on the study. The comparisons with the Sustainable Cities Index (Arcadis), the Global Power City Index (Institute for Urban Strategies), Cities in Motion (IESE), the Cities Prosperity Index (UN), and Dynamic Cities (Savills) help us understand the potential use of this new index and its purpose as a tool for assessing public policy. The ECQI could be used to assist public policies designed to improve perception in regions where it is needed.

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Unspecified11180337UnspecifiedUnspecifiedFondecyt, Chile

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Item ID: 57904
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DOI: 10.22495/rgcv10i1p1
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 24 Feb 2020 15:15
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 15:31
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