Further Analysis of the Zipf Law : Does the Rank-Size Rule Really Exist ?

  title={Further Analysis of the Zipf Law : Does the Rank-Size Rule Really Exist ?},
  author={Fungisai Nota and Shunfeng Song},
The widely-used Zipf law has two striking regularities: excellent fit and close-to-one exponent. When the exponent equals to one, the Zipf law collapses into the rank-size rule. This paper further analyzes the Zipf exponent. By changing the sample size, the truncation point, and the mix of cities in the sample, we found that the exponent is close to one only for some selected sub-samples. Using the values of estimated exponent from the rolling sample method, we obtained an elasticity of the… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Figures, tables, results, connections, and topics extracted from this paper.
0 Extracted Citations
8 Extracted References
Similar Papers

Referenced Papers

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-8 of 8 references

The Spatial Economy

  • M. Fujita, P. Krugman, A. J. Venables
  • 1999
Highly Influential
3 Excerpts

The size distribution of cities: An explanation of the Pareto law and primacy

  • K. Rosen, M. Resnick
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • 1980
Highly Influential
2 Excerpts

Zipf's law and the growth of cities

  • X. Gabaix
  • American Economic Review,
  • 1999
1 Excerpt

Development, Geography, and Economic Theory

  • K. Krugman
  • 1995

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…