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Title:Zipf zipped PDF Logo
Authors:Nitsch, Volker
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:School of Business & Economics Discussion Paper: Economics 2004/16
Abstract:In this paper, I provide a quantitative review of the empirical literature on Zipf's law for cities; the meta-analysis combines 515 estimates from 29 studies. I find that the combined estimate of the Zipf coefficient is significantly larger than 1.0. This finding implies that cities are on average more evenly distributed than suggested by (a strict interpretation of) Zipf's law. I also identify several features that account for differences across the individual point estimates.
Subjects:Zipf's law
size distribution of cities
rank size rule
meta-analysis
JEL:R12
R15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Diskussionsbeiträge, FB Wirtschaftswissenschaft, FU Berlin

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