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Is there a universal parametric city size distribution? Empirical evidence for 70 countries

Miguel Puente-Ajovín (), Arturo Ramos and Fernando Sanz-Gracia ()
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Miguel Puente-Ajovín: University of Zaragoza
Fernando Sanz-Gracia: University of Zaragoza

The Annals of Regional Science, 2020, vol. 65, issue 3, No 7, 727-741

Abstract: Abstract We studied the parametric description of the city size distribution (CSD) of 70 different countries (developed and developing) using seven models, as follows: the lognormal (LN), the loglogistic (LL), the double Pareto lognormal (dPLN), the two-lognormal (2LN), the two-loglogistic (2LL), the three-lognormal (3LN) and the three-loglogistic (3LL). Our results show that 3LN and 3LL are the best densities in terms of non-rejections out of standard statistical tests. Meanwhile, according to the information criteria AIC and BIC, there is no systematically dominant distribution.

JEL-codes: C13 C46 R00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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