Predicting poverty and wealth from mobile phone metadata

  title={Predicting poverty and wealth from mobile phone metadata},
  author={Joshua Evan Blumenstock and Gabriel Cadamuro and Robert On},
Accurate and timely estimates of population characteristics are a critical input to social and economic research and policy. In industrialized economies, novel sources of data are enabling new approaches to demographic profiling, but in developing countries, fewer sources of big data exist. We show that an individual’s past history of mobile phone use can be used to infer his or her socioeconomic status. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the predicted attributes of millions of individuals can… CONTINUE READING
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