Balanced City Growth and Zipf's Law


  • Working Papers


  • The evidence on city size distribution is remarkable. In many countries it obeys a Pareto distribution. Although several explanations have been proposed for the regularity, none of them is completely convincing, and the exact economic mechanism at work remains largely a puzzle. Current explanations seem to be inconsistent with scale economies, a central element in leading theories of cities.

fecha de publicación

  • 2001-07


  • marzo 2002