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The nonlinear distribution of employment across municipalities

Faustino Prieto (), José María Sarabia () and Enrique Calderín-Ojeda ()
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Faustino Prieto: University of Cantabria
José María Sarabia: University of Cantabria
Enrique Calderín-Ojeda: The University of Melbourne

Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 2021, vol. 16, issue 2, No 3, 287-307

Abstract: Abstract In this paper, the nonlinear distribution of employment across Spanish municipalities is analyzed. Also, we explore new properties of the family of generalized power law (GPL) distributions and explore its hierarchical structure, then we test its adequacy for modeling employment data. A new subfamily of heavy-tailed GPL distributions that is right tail equivalent to a Pareto (power-law) model is derived. Our findings show on the one hand that the distribution of employment across Spanish municipalities follows a power-law behavior in the upper tail and, on the other hand, the adequacy of GPL models for modeling employment data in the whole range of the distribution.

Keywords: Labor market; Municipalities; Generalized power-law models; Complex adaptive systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C46 C55 E24 F16 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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