Impact of Recurrent and Capital Expenditure on Nigeria’s Economic Growth

Modebe N.J, Regina G. Okafor, J.U.J Onwumere, Imo G. Ibe

Abstract


The need to better the lots of citizens through government expenditure has raised questions on the impact of government expenditure on its impact on economic development and growth of nations. It is against this background that this paper examines the impact of government expenditure (disaggregated into recurrent and capital expenditure) on economic growth from 1987 to 2010. Three variable multiple regression model was adopted while recurrent expenditure and capital expenditure were used as independent variable and gross domestic product growth rate as dependent variable. The result emanating from this study reveals that while recurrent government expenditure had positive and non-significant impact on economic growth, capital expenditure had negative and non-significant impact on economic growth thus re-echoing the need for increase and encouragement of private sector investment while have proven over the years as a more efficient utilization of resources compared to public sector.

Keywords: Recurrent Expenditure, Capital Expenditure, Economic Growth, Nigeria


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