On the Use of Satellite-Based Vehicle Flows Data to Assess Local Economic Activity: The Case of Philippine Cities

Publication | March 2022
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This paper shows how satellite images can help overcome challenges in obtaining timely and spatially disaggregated data for impact evaluation, using the case of the city of Cebu in the Philippines.

Satellite image-derived vehicle counts were used to measure local economic activity following the opening of the new terminal at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines. Results reveal that the terminal's opening has had positive impacts on Cebu’s local economy. A comparison of the vehicle count measure with luminosity-derived metrics suggests that the former is better at capturing seasonal and spatial variations in treatment effects, especially for beach tourism activities in Cebu.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Institutional Background
  • Data
  • Empirical Strategy
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

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Type
Series
Subjects
  • Economics
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Transport
  • Air transport
Countries
  • Philippines
Pages
  • 28
Dimensions
  • 8.5 x 11
SKU
  • WPS220079-2
ISSN
  • 2313-6537 (print)
  • 2313-6545 (electronic)

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