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GARCIA MEZA, Mario Alberto; VALDERRAMA SANTIBANEZ, Ana Lilia  and  NEME CASTILLO, Omar. Mexican Medium-Sized Cities’ Economic Importance. Región y sociedad [online]. 2019, vol.31, e1241. ISSN 2448-4849.

Mexican urban growth has led to a more equative participation of cities accordingly to their population, where medium-sized cities particularly have gain economic weight. The aim or the paper is to analyse the relevance of this kind of urban agglomerations in the country’s economy in 2000 and 2010. The methodology set up by Zipf’s law is used, which measures city size distribution ―as measured by economic indicators― through Pareto’s coefficient. Econometrically, ordinary least squares (OLS) with robust standard errors are followed, and all cities’ range is included using moving average regressions. The results accept the hypothesis of a Pareto’s coefficient below 1 in both years for equal size subsamples. In consequence, Zipf’s law is rejected. In this sense, the relative higher economic weight of medium-sized cities is accepted.

Keywords : Medium-sized cities; city distribution; gross domestic product (GDP) by cities; Zipf’s law.

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