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Light Based Growth Indicator (LBGI): Exploratory Analysis of Developing a Proxy for Local Economic Growth Based on Night Lights


Rajendra Kulkarni


George Mason University - School of Public Policy

Kingsley E. Haynes


George Mason University - School of Public Policy

Roger R. Stough


George Mason University - School of Public Policy

James D. Riggle


George Mason University - School of Public Policy

November 8, 2010

GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2010-31

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In this paper we explore how satellite images of global night lights from year 1992 to 2003 can be used to estimate economic activity at the sub-regional level in the U.S. and China. The night lights based estimates of economic activity are then spatially analyzed and compared with sub-regional economic indicators where available for selected years. We also briefly discuss two theoretical models that shed light on the geospatial patterns reflected by the night light data. The results are presented with a series of maps, charts and tables

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Keywords: Economic Growth, Satellite Data, Night Lights, LBGI, Light Based Growth Indicator

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Date posted: November 9, 2010 ; Last revised: November 26, 2010

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Kulkarni, Rajendra and Haynes, Kingsley E. and Stough, Roger R. and Riggle, James D., Light Based Growth Indicator (LBGI): Exploratory Analysis of Developing a Proxy for Local Economic Growth Based on Night Lights (November 8, 2010). GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2010-31. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1705438 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1705438

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Rajendra Kulkarni (Contact Author)
George Mason University - School of Public Policy ( email )
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

Kingsley E. Haynes
George Mason University - School of Public Policy ( email )
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

Roger R. Stough
George Mason University - School of Public Policy ( email )
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
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703-993-5027 (Fax)

James D. Riggle
George Mason University - School of Public Policy ( email )
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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