The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The rank-size law in the development of cities

I wrote about the rank-size law, and the so-called zipf curve, as it pertains to the distribution of city size within a country in my 2003 report to the prime minister's home ownership task force. This followed earlier work by the RBA's Luci Ellis and others. There is a very good article on this in the context of China's cities in The Economist, which you can read here.