Social Protection Policies and Agricultural Output in Nigeria: Empirical Investigation Using Household Survey Data

20 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2018

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Eze Simpson Osuagwu

University of Lagos

Raymond Osabohien

Covenant University - Department of Economics & Development Studies

Date Written: May 29, 2018

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between social protection policies and agricultural output in Nigeria using data from Living Standard Measurement Study-Integrated Survey on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) conducted in August-October 2012 and February-April 2013 for post planting interview and post-harvest interview respectively, for a sample of 4,210 farming community level households. The method of analysis employed is the Propensity Score Matching (PSM) index. The results from the PSM show that households who benefit from social protection programs in the form of agricultural credits experience three times yield more than their counterparts who do not. In the aftermath of a shock, those farmers without social protection suffer deprivation, which results to lowering consumption that deepens their poverty. To the knowledge of the authors, the PSM technique has not been applied in the study of social protection interventions on the agricultural sector in Nigeria. This study will enable policy makers to understand the impact of social protection on agricultural productivity, which is capable of raising the output capacity of the rural farmer.

Keywords: Social Protection; Agricultural Output; Household Farming; Propensity Score Matching (PSM), Nigeria

JEL Classification: I30; J43; Q10

Suggested Citation

Osuagwu, Eze Simpson and Osabohien, Raymond, Social Protection Policies and Agricultural Output in Nigeria: Empirical Investigation Using Household Survey Data (May 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3186392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3186392

Eze Simpson Osuagwu (Contact Author)

University of Lagos ( email )

Department of Economics
Lagos
Nigeria
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Raymond Osabohien

Covenant University - Department of Economics & Development Studies ( email )

KM. 10 Idiroko Road
Canaan Land
Ota, Ogun State
Nigeria

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