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On Measuring the Complexity of Urban Living

  • Lubna Hasan

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)

This paper explores the concept of city ranking as a way to measure the dynamics and complexities of urban life. These rankings have various dimensions and uses. Both the context in which these rankings are done and their nature have changed considerably over time. These rankings face many methodological and measurement problems. A review of major city rankings and the related literature is carried out to suggest a framework for the ranking of Pakistani cities.

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Paper provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its series PIDE-Working Papers with number 2008:46.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pid:wpaper:2008:46
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