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Power laws, discontinuities and regional city size distributions

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2008.03.011

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Abstract

Urban systems are manifestations of human adaptation to the natural environment. City size distributions are the expression of hierarchical processes acting upon urban systems. In this paper, we test the entire city size distributions for the southeastern and southwestern United States (1990), as well as the size classes in these regions for power law behavior. We interpret the differences in the size of the regional city size distributions as the manifestation of variable growth dynamics dependent upon city size. Size classes in the city size distributions are snapshots of stable states within urban systems in flux. ?? 2008.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Power laws, discontinuities and regional city size distributions
Series title:
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
DOI:
10.1016/j.jebo.2008.03.011
Volume
68
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
First page:
209
Last page:
216