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Submitted by Dave Evans on

Thanks, Chris. You're right that Pacific means the West Coast (the analog to NEUDC's "Northeastern"). Your comment reminds me of Das et al's 2013 JDE paper "U.S. and Them: The Geography of Academic Research", which looks at how much economic research is published on different countries. They find, both globally and within regions, a stark positive correlation between GDP and research carried out (controlling for population). On average, there seems to be slightly less research on Africa than on East Asia & the Pacific together, but the East Asia average is pulled up by China, Indonesia, etc., so the Pacific may be not very well represented.

(Here's the ungated working paper of Das et al: