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On the best functions to describe city size distributions

Rafael González-Val (), Arturo Ramos and Fernando Sanz-Gracia

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper analyses in detail the features offered by a function which is practically new to Urban Economics, the q-exponential, in describing city size distributions. We highlight two contributions. First, we propose a new and simple procedure for estimating their parameters. Second, and more importantly, we explain the characteristics associated with two traditional graphic methods (Zipf plots and cumulative density functions) for discriminating between functions. We apply them to the lognormal and q-exponential, justifying them as the best functions for explaining the entire distribution, and that the relationship between them is of complementarity.

Keywords: city size distribution; q-exponential; lognormal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C16 C13 R00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-04-07
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