Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space: A Comment
AbstractWe examine econometric and elementary economic theory issues arising from the model specification in Henderson, Storeygard and Weil (2012), that uses night light data to proxy for missing or unreliable GDP growth data. An alternative approach based on the expenditure function is outlined. It can accommodate prices as well as quantity information from other commodity markets.
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Date of creation: 29 Oct 2013
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GDP; Night light data; Omitted variable; Expenditure function; Spatial autocorrelation;
Other versions of this item:
- Berliant, Marcus & Weiss, Adam, 2013. "Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space: A Comment," MPRA Paper 51713, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Berliant, Marcus & Weiss, Adam, 2013. "Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space: A Comment," MPRA Paper 47340, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
- D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
- O47 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
- O57 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-11-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-EFF-2013-11-09 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-FDG-2013-11-09 (Financial Development & Growth)
- NEP-GEO-2013-11-09 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-URE-2013-11-09 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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