The Evolution of City Size Distributions.

Ioannides, Yannis Menelaos.
Gabaix, Xavier.

We review the accumulated knowledge on city size distributions and determinants of urban growth. This topic is of interest because of a number of key stylized facts, including notably Zipf's law for cities (which states that the number of cities of size greater than S is proportional to 1/S) and the importance of urban primacy. We first review the empirical evidence on the upper tail of city size ... read more

Cities and towns--Growth--Mathematical models.
Zipf's law.
Urban economics--Mathematical models.
Urbanization--Mathematical models.
Tufts University. Department of Economics.
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Gabaix, Xavier and Yannis M. Ioannides. "The Evolution of City Size Distributions." In Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics IV: Cities and Geography, edited by J. Vernon Henderson and Jacques-Francois Thisse, 2341-2378. Amsterdam, North Holland Publishing Company, 2004.
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