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The size and growth of state populations in the United States

Soo, Kwok Tong (2012) The size and growth of state populations in the United States. Economics Bulletin, 32 (2). pp. 1238-1249. ISSN 1545-2921

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Abstract

This paper explores the population distribution across U.S. states over time. We test for Zipf's Law on the size distribution of state populations and Gibrat's Law for the growth of state populations. State populations follow a lognormal distribution more closely than they do a Zipf or Pareto distribution. State population growth is negatively related to current state population in the 19th century but not in the 20th century, and is positively related to market potential in the 20th century but not in the 19th century.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Economics Bulletin
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 56210
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2012 12:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 11:56
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56210

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