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The distribution of strike size: Empirical evidence from Europe and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries

Michele Campolieti and Arturo Ramos

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2021, vol. 563, issue C

Abstract: We study the distribution of strike size, which we measure as lost-person-days, for a long period in several countries of Europe and America. When we consider the full samples, the mixtures of two or three lognormals arise as very convenient models. When restricting to the upper tails, the Pareto power law becomes almost indistinguishable of the truncated lognormal.

Keywords: Strike size; Stretched exponential distribution; Power law distribution; Mixture of lognormal distributions; Truncated lognormal distribution; Information criteria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2020.125424

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