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Gibrat’s law for countries

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  • González-Val, Rafael
  • Sanso-Navarro, Marcos

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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 9733.

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Date of creation: 23 Jun 2008
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:9733
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