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Nitsch, Volker ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Main titleZipf zipped
AuthorNitsch, Volker
InstitutionUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
No. of Pages[22] S.
Series Diskussionsbeiträge des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaft ; 2004/16 : Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe
KeywordsZipf’s law; size distribution of cities; rank size rule; meta-analysis
Classification (DDC)330 Economics
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AbstractIn 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
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FU DepartmentDepartment Business and Economics
Year of publication2004
Type of documentBook
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