Name Measuring Economic Indicators with Satellite Data
Source Yale University, Quinnipiac University
Hyperlink to Source http://www.pnas.org/content/108/21/8589.full
Description The authors of the study find that luminosity has informational value for countries with low-quality statistical systems, particularly for those countries with no recent population or economic censuses. 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). The researchers compare output and luminosity at the country level and at the latitude-longitude grid-cell level for the period 1992–2008. They find that luminosity has informational value for countries with low-quality statistical systems, particularly for those countries with no recent population or economic censuses.
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Lead Institution Yale University, Quinnipiac University
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Info link http://www.pnas.org/content/108/21/8589.full
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
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