Introducing Metroverse: The Growth Lab's Urban Economy Navigator

On Wednesday, June 2, the Growth Lab debuted Metroverse. The platform is designed to provide policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, business organizations, and civil society with unprecedented economic data for more than 1,000 cities in 79 countries. This tool builds upon the Growth Lab's Atlas of Economic Complexity, which maps the productive capabilities of about 200 countries and helps identify paths for growth and diversification. Metroverse takes the research to the city level, providing answers and insights to these questions:

  • What is the economic composition of this city?
  • What does this city specialize in?
  • What cities are similar to this city?
  • What is this city’s position in the Industry Space?
  • What are the growth opportunities?

The event featured Growth Lab Director Ricardo Hausmann, Frank Neffke, and Annie White, who conducted a demonstration of how to utilize the tool and provided insights into the research and technology behind the tool.

00:00 - 10:15 Ricardo Hausmann introduces the Growth Lab
10:15 - 25:00 Frank Neffke on the research behind Metroverse
25:00 - 42:02 Annie White demos Metroverse
42:02 - 58:42 Douglas Barrios directs Q&A with the audience

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