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The Maturity and Repayment Structure of Sovereign Debt: Implications for Development Agenda in Nigeria


  • Agatha Nkem Amadi


  • Isaac Azubuike Ogbuji


  • Hope Agbonrofo



This study examines the maturity and repayment structure of sovereign debts in the Nigerian economy between 1981 and 2017 using the Ordinary Least Squares technique since debt has been the largest source of capital flows to the country for about five decades. Hence, the study employs economic development proxied with the per capita income, employment, and mortality rate, as dependent variables, while sovereign debt proxied with external debt stock, external debt service payment, domestic debt, sovereign debt repayment plans, and the exchange rate as independent variables. Empirical findings show that sovereign debt positively but insignificantly impacts economic development, external debt service payment has a negative but insignificant effect on economic development, domestic borrowing positively and significantly impacts the economic development, and sovereign debt repayment plans negatively and significantly impacts economic development in Nigeria. The study, therefore, concluded that sovereign debt enhanced the performance of the Nigerian economy while the repayment plans retarded economic development in Nigeria over the study period. It is recommended that sovereign debt repayment plans should be well spelt-out to reduce the burden on the economy.

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  • Agatha Nkem Amadi & Isaac Azubuike Ogbuji & Hope Agbonrofo, 2020. "The Maturity and Repayment Structure of Sovereign Debt: Implications for Development Agenda in Nigeria," Academic Journal of Economic Studies, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 6(1), pages 115-120, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:scajes:v:6:y:2020:i:1:p:115-120

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    Sovereign Debt; Income; Employment; Mortality Rate; Development;

    JEL classification:

    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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