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A dynamic generalization of Zipf's rank - size rule


  • B Roehner
  • K E Wiese


A dynamic deterministic model of urban growth is proposed, which in its most simple form yields Zipf's law for city-size distribution, and in its general form may account for distributions that deviate strongly from Zipf's law. The qualitative consequences of the model are examined, and a corresponding stochastic model is introduced, which permits, in particular, the study of zero-growth situations.

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  • B Roehner & K E Wiese, 1982. "A dynamic generalization of Zipf's rank - size rule," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 14(11), pages 1449-1467, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:14:y:1982:i:11:p:1449-1467

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    1. Boheim, Rene & Taylor, Mark P, 2002. "Tied Down or Rome to Move? Investigating the Relationships between Housing Tenure, Employment Status and Residential Mobility in Britain," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 49(4), pages 369-392, September.
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    1. Denise PUMAIN, 2012. "Une Théorie Géographique Pour La Loi De Zipf," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 36, pages 31-54.

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