An Examination of Subnational Growth in Nigeria: 1999-2012

An Examination of Subnational Growth in Nigeria: 1999-2012

Author: 
Obikili, Nonso
Publisher: 
John Wiley & Sons Publishing Company
Date published: 
2015
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South African Journal of Economics
Source: 
South African Journal of Economics, Vol. 83, No. 3, September 2015, pp. 335-356
Abstract: 

I use satellite imagery on night-time lights to measure growth across states and local government areas in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999. The data suggest that states in southern Nigeria have grown faster on average than states in the north. Using the Ordinary Least Squares, I estimate a relationship between change in night lights and real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Africa and use the coefficients to estimate GDP growth for states and local government areas in Nigeria over the period. Finally, I evaluate the effects of violence on growth in Plateau, Yobe and Borno states. I find that the crisis in Plateau state has resulted in slower growth compared with other states in the region. I also show that Yobe and Borno states had performed worse than other states in the north even before the outbreak of violence related to the Boko Haram sect.

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CITATION: Obikili, Nonso. An Examination of Subnational Growth in Nigeria: 1999-2012 . : John Wiley & Sons Publishing Company , 2015. South African Journal of Economics, Vol. 83, No. 3, September 2015, pp. 335-356 - Available at: http://library.au.int/examination-subnational-growth-nigeria-1999-2012-1