The Pan-European Population Distribution Across Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas
11 Pages Posted: 7 May 2015
Date Written: April 30, 2015
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
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