The View from Above: Applications of Satellite Data in Economics

@article{Donaldson2016TheVF,
  title={The View from Above: Applications of Satellite Data in Economics},
  author={D. Donaldson and Adam Storeygard},
  journal={Journal of Economic Perspectives},
  year={2016},
  volume={30},
  pages={171-198}
}
The past decade or so has seen a dramatic change in the way that economists can learn by watching our planet from above. A revolution has taken place in remote sensing and allied fields such as computer science, engineering, and geography. Petabytes of satellite imagery have become publicly accessible at increasing resolution, many algorithms for extracting meaningful social science information from these images are now routine, and modern cloud-based processing power allows these algorithms to… Expand

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