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Marginal Benefit Incidence Analysis of Public Spending in Nigeria

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  • Reuben Adeolu Alabi
  • Oshobugie Ojor Adams
  • Chinonso Chinyere Chime
  • Ebehimerem Edith Aiguomudu
  • Sifawu Omokhefue Abu
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    This study estimates the progressivity of benefit, the average benefit incidence and the marginal benefit incidence of public spending on selected public services in Nigeria, using data from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) 2004 Living Standard Household Survey. The analyses were carried out using Distributive Analysis Stata Package (DASP) 2.1. The results of the analyses show that spending on public services in Nigeria is not pro-poor. The marginal benefit incidence of spending on public services in Nigeria indicates that the poorest group only benefits more than the richest group from extra spending on public services which they already have relatively high access to. Finally, we use the findings of this study to formulate policy recommendations to make public spending in Nigeria pro-poor in order to accelerate the speed at which the poor enjoy additional benefits from increased access to public services in the country.

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    Paper provided by PEP-PMMA in its series Working Papers PMMA with number 2011-03.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:lvl:pmmacr:2011-03

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    Keywords: Marginal Benefit; Public Spending; Nigeria;

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