The Pan-European Population Distribution Across Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas

11 Pages Posted: 7 May 2015

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Kurt Schmidheiny

Universität Basel

Jens Suedekum

University of Duisburg-Essen

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Date Written: April 30, 2015

Abstract

We analyze the first data set on consistently defined functional urban areas in Europe and compare the European to the US urban system. City sizes in Europe do not follow a power law: the largest cities are “too small” to follow Zipf’s law.

Keywords: city size distributions, Zipf’s law, functional urban areas, urban systems

JEL Classification: R110, R120

Suggested Citation

Schmidheiny, Kurt and Suedekum, Jens, The Pan-European Population Distribution Across Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas (April 30, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5335. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2603597

Kurt Schmidheiny (Contact Author)

Universität Basel ( email )

Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Peter Merian-Weg 6
Basel, CH-4002
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://wwz.unibas.ch/schmidheiny/

Jens Suedekum

University of Duisburg-Essen

Lotharstrasse 1
Duisburg, 47048
Germany

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