Ogunrinola, I. O. and Osabuohien, E. S. C.
Globalisation and Employment Generation in Nigeria’s
Manufacturing Sector (1990-2006).
European Journal of Social Sciences, 12 (4).
In this paper, we examined the effects of globalisation on employment level in the
manufacturing sector in Nigeria. The manufacturing sector is considered very important as
it is expected to be one of the key sectors absorbing the surplus agricultural labour as they
are released from the rural sector in the development process. Given the set of reforms
embarked upon since the mid-1980’s in Nigeria which are expected to lead to structural and
institutional changes such as an enhanced private sector participation in the economy and
higher employment generation, among others, we have designed this study to examine the
employment effect of globalisation in the Nigerian manufacturing. Using time series data
for the period 1990-2006, we have carried out an analysis of the impact of these reform
policies, especially those related to globalisation and employment. In addition, we have
formulated and estimated an employment model to examine the influence of several
globalisation variables used on the employment level. The result of our analysis showed
that several employment and globalisation-related variables are positively related in the
Nigerian manufacturing. Based on our findings, we have proffered some recommendations
that are capable of enhancing the employment level in the manufacturing sector of Nigeria.
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