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WP/43 Infrastructure and Poverty Reduction: Implications for Urban Development in Nigeria

The paper investigates the impact of infrastructural development on poverty reduction in Nigeria. Specifically, the relative effects of physical and social infrastructure on living standards or poverty indicators are examined, with a view to providing empirical evidence on the implications of increased urban infrastructure for the urban poor. The paper employs secondary data for the period 1970:1 to 2005:4 and the structural vector autoregressive (SVAR) technique is adopted in the analysis. The study unequivocally finds that infrastructural development leads to poverty reduction. Results also show that though infrastructure in general reduces poverty, social infrastructure explains a higher proportion of the forecast error in poverty indicators relative to physical infrastructure. This suggests that massive investment in social infrastructure in cities would drastically reduce poverty in the urban areas.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2010/43
Title:
WP/43 Infrastructure and Poverty Reduction: Implications for Urban Development in Nigeria
Authors:
T. P. Ogun
Publication date:
May 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-280-1
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2010
Keywords:
African urbanism, everyday practices, social infrastructures, urban violence
JEL:
R0, O10
Project:
Development in an Urban World
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to its research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
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