Zipf's Law for cities: a cross-country investigation
AbstractThis paper assesses the empirical validity of ZipfÂ¿s Law for cities, using new data on 73countries and two estimation methods Â¿ OLS and the Hill estimator. With either estimator,we reject ZipfÂ¿s Law far more often than we would expect based on random chance; for 53out of 73 countries using OLS, and for 30 out of 73 countries using the Hill estimator. TheOLS estimates of the Pareto exponent are roughly normally distributed, but those of the Hillestimator are bimodal. Variations in the value of the Pareto exponent are better explained bypolitical economy variables than by economic geography variables.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2005)
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- Kwok Tong Soo, 2004. "Zipfs Law for Cities: A Cross Country Investigation," CEP Discussion Papers dp0641, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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