We examine the distributions of Chinese and Indian city sizes for seven decades (1950s to 2010s)using lognormal, Pareto, and general Pareto distributions. We ascertain which distribution fits the data and how the city size distributions change during these periods. The Chinese city size distribution is represented by lognormal in the early periods (1950-1990) and by Pareto in 2010, but is not characterized by Zipf, which could be attributed to Chinese government's restrictions of migration from rural to urban areas and the one-child policy. In contrast, the Indian city size distribution transitions from lognormal in the earlier periods to Zipf in the later periods. © 2014 The Authors.
Luckstead, J., & Devadoss, S. (2014). A comparison of city size distributions for China and India from 1950 to 2010. Economics Letters, 124(2), 290–295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2014.06.002