The Return of Zipf: Towards a Further Understanding of the Rank‐Size Distribution

  title={The Return of Zipf: Towards a Further Understanding of the Rank‐Size Distribution},
  author={Steven Brakman and Harry Garretsen and Charles van Marrewijk and Marianne Van Den Berg},
  journal={International Trade eJournal},
We offer a general-equilibrium economic approach to Zipf's Law or, more generally, the rank-size distribution—the striking empirical regularity concerning the size distribution of cities. We provide some further understanding of Zipf's Law by incorporating negative feedbacks (congestion) in a popular model of economic geography and international trade. This model allows the powers of agglomeration and spreading to be in long-run equilibrium, which enhances our understanding of the existence of… 
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