Oil prices and Nigeria: The north-south divide

Oil prices and Nigeria: The north-south divide. Credit: AFP

Low oil prices are not good for the Nigerian economy. In its latest forecasts, the IMF’s predictions for the Nigerian economy in 2015 have been cut—from over 7% growth to about 5%. The naira, Nigeria‘s currency, is doing badly. But what are the effects of lower oil prices in different parts of the country?

If new research from two Oxford economists is anything to go by, people in the largely Christian south of the country will do worse than those in the largely Muslim north. The paper looks at the human impacts of oil-price changes.

Read more: Oil prices and Nigeria: The north-south divide | The Economist.

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