The return of Zipf: towards a further understanding of the rank-size distribution
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 a rank-size distribution of cities.
|Keywords||Zipf's Law, agglomeration, economic geography, rank-size distribution|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9787.00129, hdl.handle.net/1765/13031|
Brakman, S., Garretsen, J.H., van Marrewijk, J.G.M., & Berg, M.. (1999). The return of Zipf: towards a further understanding of the rank-size distribution. Journal of Regional Science, 183–213. doi:10.1111/1467-9787.00129