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Energy Resources, Domestic Investment and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Nigeria


  • SAIBU, Olufemi Muibi


The paper examined whether investment serves asa channel through energy could promote economic growth in Nigeria. A model that incorporated energy as a separate input and as an indirect input was developed and estimated. The results showed that the potential of investment to enhance economic growth is significantly depressedbythe energy resources dependence. Although pubic investment was found to be a channel throughwhich energy resources enhanced economic growth in Nigeria. There is evidence that Dutch disease/resource curse problem is a Nigerian phenomenon as energy abundance is found to significantly impair economic growth in Nigeria

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  • SAIBU, Olufemi Muibi, 2012. "Energy Resources, Domestic Investment and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Nigeria," MPRA Paper 34392, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:34392

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    1. Mesagan, Ekundayo, 2015. "Economic Growth and Environment Nexus: The Role of Foreign Direct Investment," MPRA Paper 76722, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    3. Mohammadi, Teymour & Jahangard, Fateme & Khani Hoolari, Seyed Morteza, 2014. "The relationship between reserves of oil endowment and economic growth from the resource curse viewpoint: a case study of oil producing countries," MPRA Paper 56092, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Energy resources; Investment Economic Growth; Nigeria;

    JEL classification:

    • O44 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Environment and Growth
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development


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