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Replication data for: Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space

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

    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 lights, empirical analyses of growth need no longer use countries as the unit of analysis; we can measure growth for sub- and supranational regions. We show, for example, that coastal areas in sub-Saharan Africa are growing slower than the hinterland. (JEL E01, E23, O11, 047, 057)
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.2.994 (Text)
  • Henderson, J. Vernon, Adam Storeygard, and David N Weil. “Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space.” American Economic Review 102, no. 2 (April 2012): 994–1028.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.102.2.994 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-11

Henderson, J. Vernon; Storeygard, Adam; Weil, David N. (2012): Replication data for: Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.