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A spatial econometrics analysis of educational distribution and regional income disparities in Nigeria

Umar, Habibu Mohammed and Ismail, Russayani and Lim, Hock Eam (2014) A spatial econometrics analysis of educational distribution and regional income disparities in Nigeria. In: 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Scientific Research, 1-2 November, 2014, Pearl International Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Understanding the determinants of regional economic disparities is very important for designing an effective policy framework to address regional inequalities and their disruptive potentials.The role of educational attainment in the regional income determination has been well documented in the economic literature.So far, little attention was given to the importance of educational distribution in regional income determination.To contribute in this respect, this paper developed a regional production function model that incorporates education inequality as a determinant of regional income disparity in Nigeria. Using micro data from the recent Living Standard Measurement Survey (LSMS) on Nigeria, we calculate inequality of education using Theil index.Using a cross-sectional spatial econometric approach, we found evidence that equitable distribution of education has significant and positive effects on regional income level. Interestingly, the measure of the education distribution outperforms that of educational attainment in the model.The results also confirm the role of education inequality in accounting for regional income differences in Nigeria.We conclude that investing for equitable distribution of education will be very effective policy strategy, both for improving regional economic performance and regional economic convergence in Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN: 978-969-9347-16-0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: PM Dr. Russayani Ismail
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2017 08:55
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/20580

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