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Economic and Financial Review

Authors

H.O. Okafor

Publisher

Central Bank of Nigeria, Research Department

Keywords

Variance decomposition, Impulse response function, Equity, Macroeconomic stability, Nigeria

Abstract

This paper examined the existing relationship among economic growth, poverty and income inequality in Nigeria. Using the Vector Auto-regressive (VAR) model and the Engle-Granger technique to test for the causality existing among the variables, the results revealed that economic growth had no impact on poverty reduction and income distribution in Nigeria due its non-inclusive nature. There was, however, evidence of a unidirectional causality, running from income inequality to increased poverty. This implied that inequality would lead to increase in poverty in Nigeria. Therefore, the paper recommended that govemment should develop stronger economic institutions that ore capable of reorganising the productive base and reward system in the economy so as to promote and guarantee economic efficiency, equity and macroeconomic stability and inclusive growth.

Issue

54

Volume

1

Recommended Citation

Okafor, H.O. (2016). Economic growth, poverty and income inequality matrix in Nigeria: a further investigation. Economic and Financial Review, 54(1), 25-42.

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