Impact of External Debt Management on Economic Growth of Nigeria

  • Ogbonna Ogbonna Department of Banking and Finance, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
  • Ihemeje Ihemeje College of Management Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
  • Obioma Obioma Department of Banking and Finance, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
  • Hanson Hanson Department of Banking and Finance, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
  • Amadi Amadi Department of Banking and Finance, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
Keywords: External debt, External debt management, External debt service payment, Balance of payment, Exchange rate, Economic growth

Abstract

This study examined the impact of External debt management on economic growth of Nigeria. Using annual time series data collected over the period of 33 years (1986 – 2018). The data for the study were collected from the CBN statistical bulletin annual report. The variables on which data are collected include: Real Gross Domestic Product, External Debt, External Debt service, Balance of Payment and Exchange Rate. Data were analyzed using the Ordinary least squares (OLS) multiple regression analysis. It proceeded with Descriptive statistics; Augmented Dickey Fuller (ADF) unit root test, Co-integration test and Auto-Regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL). The study revealed that impact of external debt management on economic growth of Nigeria over the period under review was statistically significant with external debt, external debt service payment and balance of payment but statistically insignificant with exchange rate. The study recommended that governments should establish and adopt an optimal balance between external debt acquisition and application /allocation of the acquired funds to productive projects for the purpose of making a high output and a steady economic growth. The management should live up to expectation by encouraging efficient commitment of borrowed funds to productive projects so as to comply with debt serving agreement and outright payments, measures such as improving exports should be implemented to ensure that local currencies are stable.

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Published
2021-06-02
How to Cite
Ogbonna, O., Ihemeje, I., Obioma, O., Hanson, H., & Amadi, A. (2021). Impact of External Debt Management on Economic Growth of Nigeria. Journal La Bisecoman, 2(2), 25-41. https://doi.org/10.37899/journallabisecoman.v2i2.359