Government Expenditure and Economic Discomfort in Nigeria

Finance & Economics Review

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Title Government Expenditure and Economic Discomfort in Nigeria
 
Creator OBAYORI, JOSEPH BIDEMI
 
Subject ARDL approach, Discomfort, Economic, Expenditure, Poverty, Nigeria
 
Description Purpose: Government expenditure affects the behavior of both producers and consumers, and influence the distribution of income and wealth in the economy. But, a cursory look at government expenditure (recurrent and capital) in Nigeria over the year, showed that expenditure has been on the increase but the rate of increase has not translated into economic comfort (reduction in poverty and unemployment rates). Due to this assumption, this paper examined government expenditure and economic discomfort in Nigeria. 
Methods: Annual time-series data from 1990-2018 were obtained from the CBN Statistical Bulletin (various issues) and the World Bank report. The descriptive statistics, ADF unit root test, and ARDL model serves as the analytical tools. 
Results: Based on the empirical result, the paper concluded that government capital expenditure has a negative and significant relationship with economic discomfort. On the other hand, government recurrent expenditure is positively and insignificantly related to economic discomfort.
Implications: This result implies that while the increase in capital expenditure will depress economic discomfort, an increase in the recurrent component of the expenditure will not help to reduce economic discomfort. Based on these conclusions, the paper recommended amongst others that more government capital spending should be encouraged as it plays a critical role in reducing both poverty and unemployment rates in Nigeria.
 
Publisher Research & Innovation Initiative
 
Date 2020-06-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://riiopenjournals.com/index.php/finance-economics-review/article/view/89
10.38157/finance-economics-review.v2i2.89
 
Source Finance & Economics Review; Vol 2 No 2 (2020): Finance & Economics Review; 1-12
2690-4063
10.38157/finance-economics-review.v2i2
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://riiopenjournals.com/index.php/finance-economics-review/article/view/89/52
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 JOSEPH BIDEMI OBAYORI
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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