July 3, 2017
Our favorite data visualizations from the past year
Check out these graphics from the Research Highlight series
AEA Research Highlights
We have published over 100 graphics, data visualizations, and interactive features as part of our Research Highlight series to help spread the word about great economics research appearing in our journals. Below is a sampling of staff favorites from the past year.
Colonial-era borders in Africa: In The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa, authors Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou assessed the consequences of modern-day borders that partition ethnic homelands.
Read more: Are colonial-era borders drawn by Europeans holding Africa back?
Beyond GDP: In Beyond GDP? Welfare across Countries and Time, authors Charles Jones and Peter Klenow create an alternative measure of GDP that accounts for factors like inequality and life expectancy.
Read more: What are the GDP data hiding?
The environmental impact of electric cars: In Are There Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles? The Importance of Local Factors, authors Stephen Holland, Erin Mansur, Nicholas Muller, and Andrew Yates calculate the local and nationwide impact of driving an electric car in different U.S. cities.
Read more: Are subsidies for electric cars good for the environment?
Stadium subsidy economics: In The Economics of Sports Facilities and Their Communities, authors John Siegfried and Andrew Zimbalist make the case that public subsidies for stadiums are seldom justified by the economic benefits.