The Size and Sustainability of Nigerian Current Account Deficits

33 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2006

Date Written: June 2001


This paper uses an intertemporal model of the current account and macroeconomic indicators to examine the size and sustainability of Nigerian current account deficits over the 1960-97 period. The results indicate that the Nigerian economy appeared to satisfy its intertemporal budget constraint during this period. However there were years marked by excessive current account deficits. The results also support the view that current account deficits accompanied by macroeconomic instability and structural weaknesses can degenerate in to an external crisis.

Keywords: Excessive current account deficits, external sustainability, Nigeria

JEL Classification: F32, F41

Suggested Citation

Adedeji, Olumuyiwa, The Size and Sustainability of Nigerian Current Account Deficits (June 2001). IMF Working Paper No. 01/87. Available at SSRN:

Olumuyiwa Adedeji (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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