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Population Redistribution and Changes in the Size-Density Slope

G. Edward Stephan and Karen H. Stephan
Demography
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Feb., 1984), pp. 35-40
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2061025
Page Count: 6
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Population Redistribution and Changes in the Size-Density Slope
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Abstract

As regional population density increases territorial units tend to subdivide. For maximum societal time-efficiency the slope relating the logarithms of unit areas to those of unit densities should be -2/3. When boundaries become fixed, however, observed slopes tend to drift toward a value of zero. It was earlier hypothesized that such slope-erosion was due to increasing concentration of the population. Historical data for the primary political divisions of ten nations shows general support for the hypothesis.

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