A Bright Idea for Measuring Economic Growth.

Storeygard, Adam.
Henderson, J. Vernon.
Weil, David N.

The quantity of human-generated light visible from outer space reflects variation in both population density and income per capita. In this paper we explore the usefulness of the change in visible light as a measure of GDP growth. We discuss the data, and then present a statistical framework that uses lights growth to augment existing income growth measures, assuming that measurement errors in the... read more

Economic development.
Tufts University. Department of Economics.
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Henderson, Vernon, Adam Storeygard and David N. Weil. 2011. "A Bright Idea for Measuring Economic Growth." American Economic Review, 101(3): 194-99. DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.3.194.
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