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Growth process of U.S. small cities

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  • Devadoss, Stephen
  • Luckstead, Jeff

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This study analyzes the growth process of lower tail small U.S. cities for 2000 and 2010 census data using stochastic kernel, contour plot, and nonparametric regression. The results show that Gibrat’s law hold for small cities.

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  • Devadoss, Stephen & Luckstead, Jeff, 2015. "Growth process of U.S. small cities," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 135(C), pages 12-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:135:y:2015:i:c:p:12-14
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.07.018
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    Keywords

    Growth process; Gibrat’s law; Lower tail; United States;
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    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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