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The methodology

This is a two-pronged study incorporating the results from secondary as well as primary data. Primary data was collected by way of an online survey. The secondary component was primarily used to create indices. This is done in the following manner:

Print Edition: June 28, 2009

This is a two-pronged study incorporating the results from secondary as well as primary data. Primary data was collected by way of an online survey. The secondary component was primarily used to create indices. This is done in the following manner:

The Indicus team: (From left) Peeyush Bajpai, Devika S. Tewari and Komal Tannan
The Indicus team: (From left) Peeyush Bajpai, Devika S. Tewari and Komal Tannan
Overall, about 40 measures are collected to generate a precise quantification of conditions across each city. Cities are then ranked across these different measures. The availability of data depends on whether the same set of data is available for all cities as well as the frequency of updating datasets. Generally, most of this data is relevant for 2009.

In order to ensure comparability across cities irrespective of size or population of a city, the data is normalised with the appropriate variable (in some cases it may be area, in others population). The normalisation variable differs across different data. Rating for each of the categories mentioned above is derived from an equal weighting formula. A ranking exercise is then conducted based on the ratings calculated above.

In addition, an online survey is conducted in top 30 cities. The parameters are captured in the survey to calculate the people’s perceptions about their living conditions, earning and business opportunities in their respective cities.

List of parameters considered for indices

LIFE AT WORK

Employment growth:

  • No. of job ads with minimum
  • 0-1 year experience (per capita)
  • Employment growth rate
  • Worker per enterprise

Small Business Growth:

  • Total scheduled commercial banks credit (utilised by different sectors) growth rate
  • No. of SSIs (small scale industries) availing credit (growth)

Per Capita Income:

  • Annual per capita income of urban households

Financial Infrastructure:

  • Number of ATMs (per capita)
  • Proportion of organised enterprises in total enterprises

Business environment:

  • Incidence of counterfeiting and cheating
  • General attitude of people in the city
  • Traffic during work hours
  • Availability of career opportunities matching individuals skills set
  • Opportunities in building a business/ professional career

Highlighted sub-categories are from the online survey

LIFE AFTER WORK

Entertainment:

  • Per capita availability of restaurants & hotels
  • Per capita availability of malls
  • Tourist places to visit
  • Adequacy of malls, movies halls and other places of entertainment
  • Adequacy of parks

Housing:

  • Population density per sq. km.
  • Percentage of owned households
  • Consumer Price Index for housing*
  • Growth in Consumer Price Index for housing*
    House rentals*

Education:

  • Percent total literate Population (Age 7+)
  • No. of AICTE-approved seats in M.B.A, Engineering, Medical etc. (per capita)
  • Number of UGC-approved universities (per capita)
  • Number of college courses (per capita)

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