Zipf`s law strikes again : the case of tourism

Ulubasoglu, Mehmet and Hazari, Bharat R. 2004, Zipf`s law strikes again : the case of tourism, Journal of economic geography, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 459-472, doi: 10.1093/jnlecg/lbh030.

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Title Zipf`s law strikes again : the case of tourism
Author(s) Ulubasoglu, MehmetORCID iD for Ulubasoglu, Mehmet
Hazari, Bharat R.
Journal name Journal of economic geography
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 459
End page 472
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2004-08
ISSN 1468-2702
Keyword(s) complex networks
Gibrat's law
Zipf's law
Summary This paper examines the applicability of Zipf's law to tourism. It is established that a variation of this law holds in this case - a rank-size rule with concavity. Due to this non-linearity, it is shown that a spline regression provides an extremely convenient tool for predicting tourist arrivals in a country. The concavity is explained by appealing to random growth theory (lognormal distribution; Gibrat's law) and locational fundamentals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jnlecg/lbh030
Field of Research 160401 Economic Geography
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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