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A simple and efficient test for Zipf's law


  • Urzua, Carlos M.


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  • Urzua, Carlos M., 2000. "A simple and efficient test for Zipf's law," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 66(3), pages 257-260, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:66:y:2000:i:3:p:257-260

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    3. Francisco Goerlich, 2013. "A simple and efficient test for the Pareto law," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 45(3), pages 1367-1381, December.
    4. Urzúa, Carlos M., 2011. "Testing for Zipf's law: A common pitfall," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(3), pages 254-255, September.
    5. L. Benguigui & E. Blumenfeld-Lieberthal, 2011. "The end of a paradigm: is Zipf’s law universal?," Journal of Geographical Systems, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 87-100, March.
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    10. Devadoss, Stephen & Luckstead, Jeff, 2016. "Size distribution of U.S. lower tail cities," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 444(C), pages 158-162.
    11. Luckstead, Jeff & Devadoss, Stephen, 2014. "A nonparametric analysis of the growth process of Indian cities," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 516-519.
    12. Luis Lanaspa & Fernando Pueyo & Fernando Sanz, 2002. "Evolution of the Spanish Urban Structure During the Twentieth Century," Documentos de Trabajo dt2002-01, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza.
    13. Luckstead, Jeff & Devadoss, Stephen, 2014. "A comparison of city size distributions for China and India from 1950 to 2010," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(2), pages 290-295.
    14. Rafael GONZÀLEZ-VAL, 2012. "Zipf’S Law: Main Issues In Empirical Work," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 36, pages 147-164.
    15. Tomson Ogwang, 2011. "Power laws in top wealth distributions: evidence from Canada," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 473-486, October.

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