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Gibrat’s law for countries

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  • González-Val, Rafael
  • Sanso-Navarro, Marcos

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If the population of a given country evolves according to Gibrat'�s Law, its growth rate will be independent of its initial size. This short paper further investigates this empirical regularity by the application of a suitable panel unit root test and non-parametric methods. The evidence regarding its fulfilment is weaker than that previously found.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 9733.

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Keywords: Gibrat�'s Law; Country Size; Non-stationary Panels; Non-parametric Methods;

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  1. Daniel ARRIBAS-BEL & Fernando SANZ GRACIA & Domingo P. XIMENEZ-DE-EMBUN, 2012. "Kangaroos, Cities And Space: A First Approach To The Australian Urban System," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 36, pages 165-187.
  2. Jesús Clemente & Rafael González-Val & Irene Olloqui, 2011. "Zipf’s and Gibrat’s laws for migrations," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 235-248, August.
  3. Rafael GONZÀLEZ-VAL, 2012. "Zipf’S Law: Main Issues In Empirical Work," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 36, pages 147-164.
  4. Aloysius Gunadi Brata & Henri L.F. de Groot & Piet Rietveld, 2013. "Dynamics in Aceh and North Sumatera after the Twin Disasters," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 13-115/VIII, Tinbergen Institute.

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