Journal article

The nonlinear distribution of employment across municipalities

Faustino Prieto, Jose Maria Sarabia, Enrique Calderin-Ojeda

Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2020


In this paper, the nonlinear distribution of employment across Spanish municipalities is analyzed. Also, we explore new properties of the family of generalized power law (GPL) distributions and explore its hierarchical structure, then we test its adequacy for modeling employment data. A new subfamily of heavy-tailed GPL distributions that is right tail equivalent to a Pareto (power-law) model is derived. Our findings show on the one hand that the distribution of employment across Spanish municipalities follows a power-law behavior in the upper tail and, on the other hand, the adequacy of GPL models for modeling employment data in the whole range of the distribution.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Jose Castillejo Program

Awarded by Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad

Funding Acknowledgements

Faustino Prieto acknowledges funding by the Jose Castillejo Program (Grant number CAS17/00461, Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte, Programa Estatal de Promocion de Talento y su Empleabilidad en I+D+i, Subprograma Estatal de Movilidad, del Plan Estatal de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnica y de Innovacion 2013-2016). Jose Maria Sarabia thanks to Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad, project ECO2016-76203-C2-1-P, for partial support of this work. Research partially carried out while Calderin-Ojeda visited University of Cantabria as part of his Special Study Program leave (University of Melbourne).