oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Public expenditure and economic growth in a petroleum-based economy: Nigeria 1960-1992

Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



The study analyses the contribution of government expenditure to the economic growth process in Nigeria over the period 1960-1992. The results indicate that public expenditures on transport, communication and agriculture crowd-in private investment, while public spending on manufacturing and construction crowd-out private investment. Also, expenditures on education and health have a positive influence on private sector investment. Government must continue to perceive the creation of an enabling environment, at the least, as its own contribution to the economic growth process.

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