Friday, September 26, 2014

New research: Oil and ethnic inequality in Nigeria

New (primilimary) research of James Fenske and Igor Zurimendi:

Oil and ethnic inequality in Nigeria

Early-life oil prices predict differential adult outcomes across Nigerian ethnic groups. Our difference-in-difference approach compares members of southern ethnicities to other Nigerians from the same birth cohort. Greater prices in a southern individual’s birth year predict positive outcomes, including reduced fertility, delayed marriage, higher probabilities of working and having a skilled occupation, and greater schooling. By contrast, health outcomes suffer, including reduced height and increased BMI. No single ethnicity drives our results. Fertility, higher Southern incomes, greater Southern conflict, declining food production, and reinforcing parental investments help explain these results. Religion and selective mortality do not.

Although available online, perhaps better contact authors directly for a draft.

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