Mining, Economic Activity and Remote Sensing: Case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Mining, Economic Activity and Remote Sensing: Case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania
Author(s) Andersson, Magnus ; Hall, Ola ; Olén, Niklas
Date 2015
English abstract
We apply a novel analytical framework based on medium resolution satellite data for the period 2001 – 2012 to estimate the effects of gold mining on agricultural production in Ghana, Mali, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Our analysis finds a strong correlation between official statistics of agricultural production and vegetation index from satellite data at district level in these countries. Agricultural productivity as proxied by greenness index (NDVI) does not decrease in the proximity of large scale gold mines. Our empirical estimations show that economic activity as proxied by night lights, increase in the proximity of mining but the estimates remains statistically insignificant.
Link https://editorialexpress.com/cgi-bin/conference/download.cgi?db_name=CSAE2015&paper_id=485 (external link to publication)
Publisher The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Department of Economics at Oxford University
Pages 36
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Africa
nighttime light
mining
NDVI
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note CSAE Conference 2015: Economic Development in Africa at St Catherine's College, Oxford 22- 24 March 2015
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18946 (link to this page)
Link http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/2015-EdiA/ (external link to related web page)

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