Measuring the urban competitiveness of Chinese cities based on multi-attribute decision making approach

Xiao Liu, Haixiang Guo, Yijing Li, Yanan Li, Wenwen Pan

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Previous studies have measured urban competitiveness mainly from the perspective of cities' engine growth. Besides the cities' engine growth, this paper also emphasises cities' development resistance, city interactions and environment conditions, and establishes a four-level indicator system for evaluating urban competitiveness. Given that results of urban competitiveness by a single method may not be objective and comprehensive owing to the oneside view, this paper develops an integrated approach, which combines five evaluation methods and seven validity coefficients. The urban competitiveness of ten cities in Yangtze River Delta of China has been measured by the integrated approach. The ranking results indicate that during the period 2006-2009, Suzhou ranked the top among ten cities. Nanjing and Hangzhou held the second and third positions, respectively. Wuxi, Changzhou and Ningbo followed in the middle. Shaoxing, Zhoushan, Huzhou and Taizhou ranked low. Finally, some suggestions for enhancing urban competitiveness of ten cities are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-341
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Evaluation methods
  • Urban competitiveness
  • Yangtze River Delta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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