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An assessment of the linkages between the construction and other sectors of the Nigerian economy

Najimu Saka (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria)
Victor Arowoiya (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria and Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

ISSN: 1366-4387

Article publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The construction sector (CNS) occupies a very unique position in any economy depending on whether developed or developing economy. The size and linkages of the CNS are expected to be high to help push or pull the economy from developing to developed economy through elaborate forward and backward linkages, a cardinal aim of developing economies. This paper aims to investigate the forward and backward linkages of the CNS in the Nigerian economy.

Design/methodology/approach

In contrast to the traditional input–output analysis to assess sectoral economic performance and production interdependence, this paper used econometric techniques, including unit root test, cointegration test and Granger causality test to analyze the data. Time-series data (TSD) for the study were extracted from United Nations Statistical Department database.

Findings

The result indicated that the CNS has low forward linkages but high backward linkages to virtually all the sectors of the Nigerian economy. Thus, the outputs of construction mainly satisfy the manufacturing and other activities.

Originality/value

The paper gives an insight into the construction on backward linkages but less extensive forward linkages. The paper recommends a massive local content development of sector to deepen backward and forward linkages and thus helps pull or push weak sectors out of stagnation.

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Citation

Saka, N. and Arowoiya, V. (2022), "An assessment of the linkages between the construction and other sectors of the Nigerian economy", Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMPC-01-2022-0005

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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