Foreign Direct Investment - Growth Nexus: The Case of Nigeria

  • Adamu Jibir Doctoral Student, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Musa Abdu Gombe State University, Nigeria


The quest by developing countries for increased FDI stems from the assumption that FDI leads to economic benefits within the host country. The study examined the paradigm ‘FDI led growth’ using dataset for Nigeria obtained from Central Bank of Nigeria span between 1970 and 2014. Modern econometric tools of Vector error correction model and Granger Wald test were employed. The econometric analysis reveals that there is steady long run relationship between FDI and output in Nigeria. Additionally, the causality result indicates that there is unidirectional causality between trade openness and per capita income, running from trade openness to per capita income proxy for economic growth. On the other hand, there is absence of short-run causality between FDI and economic growth in Nigeria. The policy implication is that FDI can be considered as an engine of growth and development. In the case of Nigeria, FDI can be used as a tool for structuring the economy and achieving inclusive growth. This can be done by attracting more FDI through creating conducive business environment, development of infrastructures and strengthening security especially in north-eastern part of the country.


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Jibir, A., & Abdu, M. (2017). Foreign Direct Investment - Growth Nexus: The Case of Nigeria. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 13(1), 304.