Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space.

Storeygard, Adam.
Henderson, J. Vernon.
Weil, David N.
2012

We develop a statistical framework to use satellite data on night lights to augment official income growth measures. For countries with poor national income accounts, the optimal estimate of growth is a composite with roughly equal weights on conventionally measured growth and growth predicted from lights. Our estimates differ from official data by up to three percentage points annually. Using lig... read more

Subjects
Economic development.
Satellites.
Tufts University. Department of Economics.
Permanent URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10427/010614
Original publication
Henderson, J. Vernon, Adam Storeygard and David N. Weil. 2012. "Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space." American Economic Review, 102(2): 994-1028. DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.2.994
ID: tufts:19694
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