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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Monitoring economic development from space : using nighttime light and land cover data to measure economic growth
Author(s) Souknilanh, Keola ; Andersson, Magnus ; Hall, Ola
Date 2015
English abstract
This study demonstrates estimations of economic activities on global, national, and subnational levels using remote sensing data, with a focus on developing economies. It extends a recent statistical framework which uses nighttime lights to estimate official income growth by accounting for agriculture and forestry which emit less or no additional observable nighttime light. The study argues that nighttime lights alone may not explain value-added by agriculture and forestry. By adding land cover data, our framework can be used to estimate economic growth in administrative areas of virtually any size.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.017 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue World Development;
Volume 66
ISSN 0305-750X
Pages 322-334
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) remote sensing
land cover
MODIS
night time light
economic growth
gross domestic product
gross regional product
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18612 (link to this page)

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