Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space

@article{Henderson2012MeasuringEG,
  title={Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space},
  author={J Vernon Henderson and Adam Storeygard and David. Weil},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={2012}
}
GDP growth is often measured poorly for countries and rarely measured at all for cities or subnational regions. We propose a readily available proxy: satellite data on lights at night. We develop a statistical framework that uses lights growth to augment existing income growth measures, under the assumption that measurement error in using observed light as an indicator of income is uncorrelated with measurement error in national income accounts. For countries with good national income accounts… Expand
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