Source: AT Kearney, 2012 Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook.
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|Business activity||The economic weight of the city; headquarters of major multinational corporations, locations of top business services firms, the value of capital (stock) markets, the number of international conferences, and the flow of goods through ports and airports.|
|Human capital||Capacity to attract and train talent; size of foreign-born population, quality of universities, number of international schools, international student population, and number of residents with university degrees.|
|Information exchange||The effectiveness of information flows; accessibility to major TV news channels, internet presence, number of international news bureaus, level of censorship and broadband subscriber rate.|
|Cultural influence||The cultural weight of the city; number of major sporting events, number of museums, performing-arts venues, culinary establishments, number of international travelers and number of sister-city relationships.|
|Political engagement||The level of influence on global politics; number of embassies and consulates, major think tanks, international organizations and local institutions with international reach, and the number of political conferences.|