Using luminosity data as a proxy for economic statistics.

  title={Using luminosity data as a proxy for economic statistics.},
  author={Xin Chen and William Nordhaus},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={108 21},
A pervasive issue in social and environmental research has been how to improve the quality of socioeconomic data in developing countries. Given the shortcomings of standard sources, the present study examines luminosity (measures of nighttime lights visible from space) as a proxy for standard measures of output (gross domestic product). We compare output and luminosity at the country level and at the 1° latitude × 1° longitude grid-cell level for the period 1992-2008. We find that luminosity… CONTINUE READING
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