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Cities as Six-by-Six-Mile Squares: Zipf's Law?

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  • Sanghoon Lee

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  • Thomas J. Holmes & Sanghoon Lee, 2010. "Cities as Six-by-Six-Mile Squares: Zipf's Law?," NBER Chapters, in: Agglomeration Economics, pages 105-131, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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