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Liveanomics: Urban liveability and economic growth is the second of two Economist Intelligence Unit reports, commissioned by Philips, which examine the issue of liveability in cities. The first report in the series addressed what city residents want from their cities, and how city leaders can deliver on citizens' requirements. This second report examines the role of business within cities.
Our research drew on two main initiatives. In September 2010, we conducted a survey of urban professionals around the world. In total, 575 respondents took part, representing cities in Asia (30%), North America (30%), Western Europe (30%) and the rest of the world (10%). To supplement the survey results, we conducted in-depth interviews with business and civic leaders and other experts in urban affairs. Sarah Murray was the author of the report, and David Gow contributed. Iain Scott and Chris Webber were the editors. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The findings and views expressed within do not necessarily reflect the views of Philips.