Impact of Intergovernmental Transfers on Household Multidimensional Well-Being

Ajefu, Joseph and Ogebe, Joseph O. (2022) Impact of Intergovernmental Transfers on Household Multidimensional Well-Being. The Journal of Development Studies. ISSN 0022-0388 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2022.2139604

Abstract

Do intergovernmental transfers affect the multidimensional well-being of households? This paper investigates the relationship between intergovernmental transfers and household multidimensional well-being, using the revenue allocation by the federal government to sub-national or state governments in Nigeria. We follow Alkire & Foster to compute a multidimensional poverty index (MPI), which is the weighted sum of three broad dimensions of poverty – health, education, and living standards. We adopt an instrumental variable (IV) approach by using exogenous variation in oil windfalls as an instrument to mitigate the endogeneity concerns associated with using intergovernmental transfers in our analysis. We find that an increase in intergovernmental transfers leads to an improvement in household multidimensional well-being or a decline in the multidimensional poverty index. We identify recurrent and capital expenditures as some of the potential channels through which intergovernmental transfers affect the multidimensional well-being of households in Nigeria. The findings of this paper reinforce the growing evidence of the developmental impacts of intergovernmental transfers, especially in the context of developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria, households, well-being, multidimensional, transfers, Intergovernmental
Subjects: N300 Finance
N400 Accounting
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 12:04
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 12:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50567

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