Bowdoin Economist Uses Pollution Satellite Data to Assess China’s GDP

Assistant Professor of Economics Stephen Morris studies macroeconomics, particularly the nexus between macroeconomics and the environment. .

China is notorious among economists for not accurately reporting its aggregate gross domestic product. The problem begins with lower-level officials, who report distorted figures that can create a fuzzy picture of the country’s wealth and the population’s welfare.

“So we’re flying in the dark,” Assistant Professor of Economics Stephen Morris said during a recent talk he gave to faculty about his current research. This inaccurate data frustrates China’s national leaders who need truthful numbers to design sound policy and funnel investment to needy areas, Morris explained. Read more in Bowdoin News.

 

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