OECD Territorial Reviews: Hamburg Metropolitan Region, Germany

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With about 8% of national territory, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (HMR) is the second largest in Germany. In the first OECD Territorial Review to cover Germany, the HMR is examined under the lens of its competitiveness, innovation, and sustainable urban and regional development.

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Many metropolitan regions around the world have grown beyond their core city. By growing bigger, they often improve their capacity to attract investment, upgrade their skills base and move up the global value chain. Large metropolitan regions are better equipped than smaller cities to reap “agglomeration economies”, which typically arise when firms and workers in close proximity share knowledge and become more productive together.

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