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Most Productive Cities

The Brooking Institution recently issued a report that compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.

In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed the national average when it came to income growth; and global metropolitan areas that specialized in business services, financial services and commodities showed the strongest performance.

”If you have a high level of worker productivity, typically you enjoy a higher standard of living,” said Alan Berube, senior fellow at Brookings and co-author of the Global Metro Monitor Volatility, Growth and Recovery report.

Click ahead to see which were the most productive cities in the Brookings Institution’s study.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 28 February 2012

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