Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129486
Authors: 
Ajakaiye, Olu
Jerome, Afeikhena T.
Nabena, David
Alaba, Olufunke A.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/124
Abstract: 
This study examines the relationship between growth and employment in Nigeria to gain insights into the country's paradox of high economic growth alongside rising poverty and inequality. The methodology adopted is the Shapley decomposition approach, complemented with econometric estimation of the country's employment intensity of growth. The findings indicate that Nigeria's growth over the last decade has been 'jobless' and sustained largely by factor reallocations rather than productivity enhancement. Labour reallocations have been mainly from agriculture and manufacturing towards the low productive services sector. Employment elasticity of growth was positive and quite low, reflecting the country's poor overall employment generation record, especially in manufacturing.
Subjects: 
employment
growth
poverty
employment elasticity
growth decomposition
Nigeria
JEL: 
E24
J21
O47
P52
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-013-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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