Le classement des villes dans l'économie du savoir : une analyse intégrée des régions urbaines canadiennes et américaines
Systematic comparisons between US and Canadian cities remain problematic, except for the simplest variables. The principal problem remains data comparability between the US and Canada. We propose an integrated analysis for all (ninety) North American metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or over, of which nine are in Canada. Following a brief review of various city rankings, we position the ninety urban regions on seven indicators, including variables related to human capital and knowledge-intensive service employment, followed by a correlation analysis between indicators for three city sets (with and without Canadian cities). The results confirm the positive ranking on various indicators of US metropolitan regions such as the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Boston, but also of cities like Raleigh (research triangle) and Austin, known for their research activities. Canadian cities generally rank well, especially the five largest metropolitan areas. However, this is less true for cities such as Winnipeg and Hamilton. The correlation analysis highlights the positive relationship between human capital and knowledge-intensive service employment, but fails to reveal any significant relationship with our quality of life indicator.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: INRS-Urbanisation, Culture et Société, 3465, Durocher, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 2C6 ( ), Email: [email protected] 2: INRS-Urbanisation, Culture et Société, 3465, Durocher, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 2C6 ( ), Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 2005-06-01