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A study of lights at night suggests dictators lie about economic growth

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Graphic detail | Shining light on lies

A study of lights at night suggests dictators lie about economic growth

Satellite data hints at the scale of their deception

Sep 29th 2022

Benito Mussolini was a tyrant, but at least he made the trains run on time. Or so the story goes. Dictators are often seen as ruthless but effective. Official GDP figures support this view. Since 2002 average reported economic growth in autocracies has been twice as fast as in democracies.

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