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On the parametric description of log-growth rates of cities’ sizes of four European countries and the USA

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  • Massing, Till
  • Puente-Ajovín, Miguel
  • Ramos, Arturo

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We have studied the parametric description of the distribution of the log-growth rates of the sizes of cities of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA. We have considered several parametric distributions well known in the literature as well as some others recently introduced. There are some models that provide similar excellent performance, for all studied samples. The normal distribution is not the one observed empirically.

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  • Massing, Till & Puente-Ajovín, Miguel & Ramos, Arturo, 2020. "On the parametric description of log-growth rates of cities’ sizes of four European countries and the USA," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 551(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:551:y:2020:i:c:s0378437120302818
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2020.124587
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