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Sobre el tamaño de las ciudades en España. Dos reflexiones y una regularidad empírica

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  • Goerlich, Francisco José
  • Mas, Matilde

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This paper proposes two considerations prior to the study of city size and emphasizes their importance in the testing of one of the empirical regularities most widely used by the literature, Zipf’s law. The first one refers to the importance of using a consistent database for analysis. The second looks at the unresolved problem of what exactly is meant by city. These two considerations are taken into account when carrying out a contrast of Zipf’s law, based on the generalization of the Pareto distribution. This contrast permits the rejection of this law for the assumed concept of city in all the years considered.

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  • Goerlich, Francisco José & Mas, Matilde, 2008. "Sobre el tamaño de las ciudades en España. Dos reflexiones y una regularidad empírica," MPRA Paper 15798, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2008.
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    Keywords

    Population; Municipalities; Census; Agglomeration; Metropolitan Areas;

    JEL classification:

    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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