Paul Krugman Is Optimistic About Inflation
On the Excellence of McClatchy

Jeremiah Dittmar: Zipf's Law and Its Discontents

  • Early modern cities follow a power law distribution--in western Europe
  • In eastern Europe they don't: too few very small and too few very large cities
    • Deviations even more extreme south of the Danube
  • Jeremiah wants to build a model of this...
  • A quintuple threat paper:
    • Santa Fe
    • Growth economics
    • Economic history--industrial revolution and differential spread
    • Political economy--transition from feudalism to capitalism
    • History of economic thought
  • Economic and political amenities and disamenities of urbanity...