A substantiated definition of smart cities is urgently required. In this note, we explore the crossover between smart city and world city network literature. We argue that this crossover can contribute to the theoretical and empirical development of smart city literature. The results show that indeed, besides territorial measures, network measures, e.g. indegree and inward distance, are important in explaining the smartness of cities. Based on this, we recommend that smart cities include city network characteristics in future planning.

foreign direct investment, network centrality, Smart cities, world city network
dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2015.1117038, hdl.handle.net/1765/87942
Applied Economics Letters
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Wall, R.S, & Stavropoulos, S. (2016). Smart cities within world city networks. Applied Economics Letters, 23(12), 875–879. doi:10.1080/13504851.2015.1117038