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Replication data for: The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Rozenfeld, Hernán D.
  • Rybski, Diego
  • Gabaix, Xavier
  • Makse, Hernán A.
Publication Date
2011-08-01
Description
  • Abstract

    The distribution of city populations has attracted much attention, in part because it constrains models of local growth. However, there is no consensus on the distribution below the very upper tail, because available data need to rely on "legal" rather than "economic" definitions for medium and small cities. To remedy this difficulty, we construct cities "from the bottom up" by clustering populated areas obtained from high-resolution data. We find that Zipf's law for population holds for cities as small as 5,000 inhabitants in Great Britain and 12,000 inhabitants in the US. We also find a Zipf's law for areas. JEL: R11, R12, R23
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.5.2205 (Text)
Publications
  • Rozenfeld, Hernán D, Diego Rybski, Xavier Gabaix, and Hernán A Makse. “The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities.” American Economic Review 101, no. 5 (August 2011): 2205–25. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.5.2205.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.101.5.2205 (DOI)

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Rozenfeld, Hernán D.; Rybski, Diego; Gabaix, Xavier; Makse, Hernán A. (2011): Replication data for: The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E112456