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Future of cities: evolving economic performance of UK cities

Report analysing the economic performance of the UK’s main cities over recent decades.

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This report analyses the comparative economic performance of the UK’s main cities from 1981 to 2011 to determine how growth patterns have differed across cities. It looks at:

  • city size
  • economic structure and degrees of specialisation
  • productivity

The accompanying report builds on the earlier paper and examines why the economic performance of UK cities has diverged in recent decades.

These papers were commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 25 September 2014
Last updated 5 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added report on divergent cities.
  2. First published.