Zipf plots and the size distribution of firms

Michael H.R. Stanley, Sergey V. Buldyrev, Shlomo Havlin, Rosario N. Mantegna, Michael A. Salinger, H. Eugene Stanley

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We use a Zipf plot to demonstrate that the upper tail of the size distribution of firms is too thin relative to the log normal rather than too fat, as had previously been believed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-457
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1995


  • Firm size
  • Gibrat's Law
  • Zipf plot


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