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Measuring the sustainability of Latin American capital cities

Francisco Coronado (Research Department, CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School, Lima, Peru)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 19 June 2018

Issue publication date: 16 October 2019




The purpose of this paper is to study the living conditions in ten capital cities in Latin America to propose indicators that could help to quantify the sustainability of those capital cities, and its impact over the competitiveness of a country.


It is proposed a linear model summing the score of ten quantifiable indicators and according with the result categorize the capitals as “sustainable city,” “weak sustainability” and “threatened sustainability.”


There is a good relationship between the sustainability of the city and the competitiveness of the country. This is the case of Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago, followed by Lima, La Paz and Bogotá a similar result to the rank obtained by Mckinsey Global Institute (2011a, b). It is found that the four capitals categorized as “sustainable” have the highest potable water production, but it was not define a direct correlation between a country’s competitiveness and the development of important medium-sized cities.

Research limitations/implications

Limited availability of comparable information for the capital cities.

Practical implications

The results identified the need to improve specific services and conditions of the inhabitants.

Social implications

The capital cities concentrate the majority of the population of the countries reaching one-third of the total in four out of the ten cities evaluated.


The study presents selected indicators not in use to classify the cities sustainability.



Coronado, F. (2019), "Measuring the sustainability of Latin American capital cities", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 197-211.



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