Economic inequality in U.S. global cities
Journal of Urban Affairs
For urban policymaking, inequality in large U.S. metropolitan areas appears as a principal consequence of a trichotomy of motives over resources allocation, consisting of urban economic development, ecological sustainability and socioeconomic equity. In the case of global cities, a greater inequality appears to result, in part, from the propensity for urban economic-development motives to pursue and/or maintain worldwide centrality, connectivity and command over the dynamic forces of globalization. Such global-city development priorities are reflected in the endogenous urban content and institutional makeup distinguishing “global-city status,” a characterization attributable to only a handful of places in the U.S. As a cross-sectional comparison of 53 large metropolitan areas (MSA), this paper examines the hypothesis that MSAs having a higher index value for “global-city status” exhibit comparatively greater socioeconomic inequality than MSAs with a lower index value. It produces statistical evidence supporting this thesis, with wide-ranging implications for globalization’s imprint on metropolitan areas.
economic development, global city, Globalization, inequality, metropolitan, urban policy
Herman L. Boschken. "Economic inequality in U.S. global cities" Journal of Urban Affairs (2022). https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2021.2018934