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Are the log-growth rates of city sizes normally distributed? Empirical evidence for the US

Ramos, Arturo (2015): Are the log-growth rates of city sizes normally distributed? Empirical evidence for the US.

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Abstract

We study the decennial log-growth population rate distributions of the US incorporated places (resp., all places) for the period 1990-2000 (resp. 2000-2010) and the recently constructed US City Clustering Algorithm (CCA) population data in the period 1991-2000. It is obtained an excellent parametric description of these log-growth rates by means of a newly introduced distribution called “double mixture exponential Generalized Beta 2”. The normal distribution is not the one empirically observed for the same datasets.

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