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Explaining Sectoral and Spatial Variations in Growth Pro-poorness in Nigeria

Adeniran, Adedeji and Uneze, Eberechukwu (2015): Explaining Sectoral and Spatial Variations in Growth Pro-poorness in Nigeria.

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Abstract

This paper examines the sectoral and spatial variations in growth pro-poorness in Nigeria, using the Shapley decomposition, the Ravallion-Huppi decomposition and the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition. The results show that spatial and sectoral variations in pro-poor growth are a result of inequality and shift in population, human capital (spatial variation only) and structural factors (sectoral variation only). In addition, the paper finds that the zones and sectors with moderate growth have high poverty-growth elasticity, while zones and sectors with high growth have low poverty-growth elasticity. Thus, spatial and sectoral variations in growth pro-poorness result in weak response of poverty to growth in Nigeria.

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