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Gender Inequality, Maternal Mortality and Inclusive Growth in Nigeria

Matthew, Oluwatoyin and Adeniji, A. A. and Osabohien, Romanus and OLAWANDE, TOMIKE IBIRONKE and Atolagbe, Tolulope Morenike, (2020) Gender Inequality, Maternal Mortality and Inclusive Growth in Nigeria. Social Indicators Research, 147. pp. 763-780. ISSN 1573-0921

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The relevance of women in contributing to inclusive growth and consequently economic development in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. Women play important social, economic and productive roles in any economy. Maternal mortality rate refers to the annual number of deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births, and Nigeria’s rate is still relatively high at about 630 when compared with the figures of the developed countries. For inclusive growth to be achieved in Nigeria, women should not be neglected and marginalized so they can contribute their quota to the growth of the country, but maternal mortality rate needs to be reduced because it is only the living that can make contributions to growth. Thus, this study examined the long run effect of gender inequality, maternal mortality and inclusive growth in Nigeria using time series data spanning from 1985 to 2017, and employed the ARDL econometric technique. The results showed that gender inequality and maternal mortality have negative impacts on inclusive growth in Nigeria. Therefore, the study recommends that women should be properly taken care of during pregnancy so that the maternal mortality rate can be reduced and hence they will be able to make meaningful contributions to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 16:13
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 16:13

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