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Sobre el tamaño de las ciudades en España. Dos reflexiones y una regularidad empírica

Francisco Goerlich Gisbert () and Matilde Mas ()

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Abstract: This paper proposes two considerations prior to the study of city size and emphasizes their importance in the testing of one of the empirical regularities most widely used by the literature, Zipf’s law. The first one refers to the importance of using a consistent database for analysis. The second looks at the unresolved problem of what exactly is meant by city. These two considerations are taken into account when carrying out a contrast of Zipf’s law, based on the generalization of the Pareto distribution. This contrast permits the rejection of this law for the assumed concept of city in all the years considered.

Keywords: Population; Municipalities; Census; Agglomeration; Metropolitan Areas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 J11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-06, Revised 2008-06
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