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Gibrat’s law for countries

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  • Rafael González-Val

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  • Marcos Sanso-Navarro

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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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Article provided by Springer & European Society for Population Economics in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 23 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 1371-1389

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:23:y:2010:i:4:p:1371-1389
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-009-0246-7
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