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Évolution Des Hiérarchies Urbaines Et Loi De Zipf : Le Cas Des Balkans

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  • Michel DIMOU

    (CERESUR, Université de La Réunion)

  • Alexandra SCHAFFAR

    (LEAD, Université du Sud Toulon – Var)

Abstract

The main issue in this paper is cities’ size distribution and urban hierarchy. The aim of the paper is to study whether different regions or countries follow Zipf's law in the long term. By applying this analysis on the Balkan Peninsula, a region which has gone through a major political, institutional and demographic upheaval, during the last thirty years, this paper shows that Zipf's law holds whatever the conditions of the evolution of an urban system. Meanwhile, it proposes an analysis on the most recent work in estimating Pareto exponent (the hierarchy coefficient), which is crucial in characterizing the shape of urban hierarchies.

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  • Michel DIMOU & Alexandra SCHAFFAR, 2007. "Évolution Des Hiérarchies Urbaines Et Loi De Zipf : Le Cas Des Balkans," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 25, pages 65-86.
  • Handle: RePEc:tou:journl:v:25:y:2007:p:65-86
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    1. Michel DIMOU & Alexandra SCHAFFAR & Zhihong CHEN & Shihe FU, 2008. "La Croissance Urbaine Chinoise Reconsidérée," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 27, pages 109-131.
    2. Lena SANDERS, 2012. "Regards Scientifiques Croisés Sur La Hiérarchie Des Systèmes De Peuplement : De L’Empirie Aux Systèmes Complexes," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 36, pages 127-146.
    3. Paschalis ARVANITIDIS & George PETRAKOS, 2008. "Metropolitan Development And Cooperation In South-Eastern Europe," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 27, pages 133-159.
    4. Maurice CATIN & Abdelhak KAMAL, 2011. "Urbanisation, Inégalités Urbaines Et Développement En Turquie (1950-2000)," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 34, pages 141-162.

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    Keywords

    DISTRIBUTION RANG-TAILLE; HIERARCHIES URBAINES; ZIPF; BALKANS;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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