Thursday, August 20, 2009
Now a new paper, discussed in The Economist this week, is using night light measurements from space to verify published GDP statistics for many countries. (Ungated version appears to be here.) They are able to use the data to create GDP estimates for countries that do not report official data, and to test the hypothesis that good farming years increase income (and light) in cities.
(h/t: Scott Beaulier)