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's ... read more
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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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