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Government expenditure on human capital and growth in Namibia: a time series analysis

Christopher P. P. Shafuda () and Utpal de ()
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Christopher P. P. Shafuda: University of Namibia Rundu

Journal of Economic Structures, 2020, vol. 9, issue 1, 1-14

Abstract: Abstract An attempt is made in this paper to examine the impacts of government spending on human capital on human development indicators like healthcare outcomes, education achievements and increase in national income in Namibia using time series data from 1980 to 2015. The analysis reveals a significant long-run inverse relationship of government spending on healthcare with fertility rate, infant mortality rate and under-5 mortality rate. However, no co-integration is observed between government spending on healthcare and life-expectancy or adult mortality rate. Also, the findings reveal a significant long-run positive relationship of government spending on education with literacy rate, net primary and gross tertiary enrolment rate. Whereas, no co-integration between government spending on education and gross enrolment rate at primary and secondary level is observed. The vector auto-regression analysis revealed significant impacts of expenditure on healthcare and education on the GDP growth in the long run through improved human resources. The results are thus in favour of continuation of expansionary government expenditure policy to achieve faster economic growth in Namibia. However, drastic changes should be adopted to improve basic education and primary healthcare in the country.

Keywords: Fiscal policy; Human capital; Healthcare and education expenditure; Development; Co-integration; Error correction model; Namibia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H11 H41 H71 H75 C13 I18 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1186/s40008-020-00196-3

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