Zipf's law for cities: an empirical examination.

Ioannides, Yannis Menelaos.
Overman, Henry G.

We use data for metro areas in the United States, from the US Census for 1900 - 1990, to test the validity of Zipf's Law for cities. Previous investigations are restricted to regressions of log size against log rank. In contrast, we use a nonparametric procedure to calculate local Zipf exponents from the mean and variance of city growth rates. This also allows us to test for the validity of Gibrat... read more

Zipf's law.
Urban economics.
Tufts University. Department of Economics.
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Ioannides, Yannis M. and Henry G. Overman. 2003. "Zipf's law for cities: an empirical examination." Regional Science and Urban Economics 33(2): 127-137. doi: 10.1016/S0166-0462(02)00006-6.
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