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Type Working Paper - IZA Discussion Papers
Title Disparities in Labor Market Outcomes across Geopolitical Regions in Nigeria: Fact or Fantasy?
Issue 3082
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
URL http://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/34590/1/547657862.pdf
Differences in geopolitical regions of Nigeria are not debatable. However, there is no clear
consensus on the dimension of these disparities. In this paper, claims of geopolitical region
disparities in labor market outcomes are investigated using survey data from Nigeria between
1996-1999. Both descriptive and econometric analysis are used to test the null hypothesis
that there are no significant regional differences in labor market outcomes in Nigeria. The
results are surprising given the anecdotal evidence and general perception of disparities
along this dimension. First, similar mean incomes across regions in Nigeria were noted. In
addition, returns to education were not significantly different for Northern and Southern
Nigeria. Given these findings, the null hypothesis cannot be rejected. There is no evidence of
significant disparities in labor market outcome across geopolitical regions in Nigeria.

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