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    Title: Zipf's Law and City Size Distribution in China
    Other Titles: 中國城市人口分布與Zipf法則
    Authors: 林俊宏;鄭美君;楊志海
    Contributors: 淡江大學產業經濟學系
    Keywords: city size distribution;Zipf's law;Pareto exponent;China
    Date: 2013-09
    Issue Date: 2013-05-24 04:33:03 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: 臺北市:中央研究院人文社會科學研究中心
    Abstract: China's experience with high economic growth has undergone dramatic change following the reforms initiated in 1978, which not only introduced economic incentives, but also encouraged urbanization. Due to the rapid urbanization that has taken place, it is particularly worth investigating the size distribution of Chinese cities. This study is thus an attempt to examine the size distribution of China's cities over the 1984-2008 period. The results indicate that the size distribution of Chinese cities is more equal than would be predicted by Zipf's law. We also find that the size distribution of cities is more even for larger cities than for smaller ones. According to our results, a possible explanation for the more even distribution of large cities relative to the smaller ones is related to China's government expenditures and industrial structure. Finally, we find that economic growth promotes population concentration, and that lower transportation costs will promote population concentration.
    Relation: 人文及社會科學集刊=Journal of Social Sciences and Philosophy 25(3),頁525-550
    Appears in Collections:[產業經濟學系暨研究所] 期刊論文

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