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The Project

Comune di Milano appoints Assolombarda to develop Milano Scoreboard, the first tool to benchmark the attractiveness and competitiveness of Milano in the international context, and Assolombarda involves the main territorial research departments and experts to accomplish it.



Steering Commitee

AbrosianeumAssolombardaBanca d'ItaliaCamera di CommercioCentro Studi PimConfcommercioCLASIntesa San PaoloPolitecnico di Milano

Arabella Caporello, Comune di Milano
Alessandro Scarabelli, Assolombarda Confindustria Milano, Monza e Brianza, Lodi

Vittorio Biondi, Assolombarda Confindustria, Milano, Monza e Brianza, Lodi
Elena Corsi, Centro studi PIM
Denise Di Dio, Politecnico di Milano
Gregorio De Felice, Intesa Sanpaolo
Matteo Goldstein Bolocan, Centro Studi PIM
Rosangela Lodigiani, Ambrosianeum Fondazione Culturale
Luca Martinazzoli, Comune di Milano
Lidia Mezza, Camera di Commercio di Milano Monza Brianza Lodi
Corrado Mosele, Confcommercio Milano Lodi Monza e Brianza
Francesco Mungo, Confcommercio Milano Lodi Monza e Brianza
Valeria Negri, Assolombarda Confindustria, Milano, Monza e Brianza, Lodi
Fabio Pammolli, Politecnico di Milano
Carlo Ratti, Director, Carlo Ratti Associati and MIT Senseable City Lab
Paola Rossi, Banca d'Italia
Sergio Rossi,  Camera di Commercio di Milano Monza Brianza Lodi
Franco Sacchi, Centro Studi PIM
Giangiacomo Schiavi, Columnist Corriere della Sera
Lanfranco Senn, Gruppo CLAS
Giuseppe Sopranzetti, Banca d'Italia
Roberto Zucchetti, Gruppo CLAS
Stefano Zuffi, Art Historian

Francesca Casiraghi, Francesca Coppola, Stefania Saini, Angela Signorelli (Assolombarda Confindustria, Milano, Monza e Brianza, Lodi)



In cooperation

Cushman & WakefieldEYFondazione Fiera MilanoMastercardvodafoneVoices






The Milano Scoreboard measures the attractiveness and competitiveness of Milano in the European context, through 221 indicators clustered in 3 sections:
•    Attractiveness and reputation, seen as a city’s capability of emerging onto the world stage, projecting a positive image and attracting talents and human capital, businesses and capital, tourists and people;
•    8 cross-cutting and enabling goals for cities in general, measured in terms of intensity of action and specific results;
•    5 typical vocations for Milano, identified in those value chains and sectorial specializations that are internationally recognized and have a high growth potential.

The Steering Committee has chosen to analyse Milano’s economic, social and cultural context in comparison with other international urban centres. International data comparability is therefore critical when selecting indicators.

The Scoreboard started in 2017, and it is now at its second edition: besides providing a snapshot of Milano in the international comparison, it is hence possible develop some first considerations on recent dynamics.

Moreover, compared to the previous edition, the panel of cities is broader: in the "attractiveness and reputation" and "vocations" sections the comparison is conducted with global and European leaders, while in the "goals" section the European comparison is still with Barcelona, Lyon, München and Stuttgart (i.e. the capitals of the most productive European regions like Lombardia). More in detail, referring to "attractiveness and reputation", the comparison is set at the global level and Milano is benchmarked against the main global cities by role in the international economic network: Berlin, London, Paris, Barcelona, München, Stuttgart and Lyon in Europe, Chicago and New York in the United States, Shanghai and Tokyo in Asia. As to "vocations", the comparison is conducted with the most representative territories of each value chain at a European level, based on indicators of economic performance and employment.

The analysis is carried out on three separate homogenous scales - city, metropolitan area, and region - depending on the scope of the phenomenon.

The difficulty of obtaining municipal/metropolitan-level and comparable across the benchmarks data has sometimes conditioned the choice of the variables, compared to those which would have ideally given the whole picture of the phenomenon.

Each chapter features several dimensions: to the 15 chapters correspond a total of 74 dimensions, each summarizing 3 variables carefully selected by the Steering Committee based on relevance to the phenomenon investigated, robustness and possibility of updates over time.
For each dimension a synthetic score is computed as the average of the three indicators, in turn indexed on the average of the compared cities. It follows that in a specific dimension any given city obtains a synthetic score equal to 1 if it performs exactly as the average of the benchmarks considered, higher than 1 if it performs above average, and, vice versa, less than 1 if it performs below average.

This framework of analysis centred on international comparison does not hold for one chapter only: "PA and citizens" exclusively considers data from Comune di Milano without a direct comparison with other cities, to analyse in detail a complex-to-measure phenomenon without losing the homogeneity and the granularity of the indicators.

The main strength of the Milano Scoreboard lies in its technical-scientific setting. It comes to light thanks to the discussion and the synthesis of the main Research Centres and experts of the Milano area, that integrate complementary knowledge and skills to build a comprehensive quantitative knowledge base of the city.
Another qualifying and particularly innovative element is that about half of the indicators collected are yet unpublished, being the result of ad hoc elaborations or of queries from databases by private entities that have agreed to collaborate on the project by sharing their know-how: Cushman & Wakefield, EY, Fondazione Fiera Milano, Mastercard, Vodafone, Voices from the Blogs.