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DEEP Micro Workshop

The DEEP micro workshop is a platform to present ideas and first results on research topics in Microeconomics. It takes place roughly every other week in exchange with the DEEP Macro workshop. Anyone pursuing research in Microeconomics is strongly expected to actively participate in the workshop series.
The workshop starts at 12h15. Presentations should take about 45 minutes leaving enough time for discussion.

Send an email to lingqing.jiang@unil.ch for further information or booking a slot.

Top Lights - Bright Spots and their Contribution to Economic Development

Richard Bluhm (University of Hannover)

28 février 2017  -  12:15-13:30, salle Extranef 109

Host(s): Stephanos Vlachos

Satellite data on nighttime luminosity are an increasingly popular proxy for economic activity, but their utility for analyzing comparative development across the globe is severely limited by top-coding. The commonly used satellites do not accurately capture the brightness of large and densely populated cities. As a result, they underestimate differences between urban and rural regions, as well as developed and developing countries. We provide a primer on this issue. Our main contribution is to propose a new and  easy-to-use procedure to correct for top-coding of the lights data. We show that, like top incomes, top lights are Pareto distributed. On this basis, we derive simple formulas for the top-adjusted mean and spatial Gini coefficient. Furthermore, we develop simulation methods to correct the data at the pixel level. Our top-coding correction raises the worldwide Gini coefficient of spatial inequality in lights by about 9 percentage points. This rather large increase underlines the importance of big cities for global economic activity. We present further applications to show that top-coding affects estimates of the income elasticity of light, urban-rural differences, and regional or ethnic inequalities. 

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