The Impact of Agricultural Output on Human Life Expectancy in Nigeria

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Published: 2021-12-22

Page: 730-744

Ogunjinmi Olusola Olakunle *

Department of Economics, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


The agricultural sector is an important industry in the Nigerian economy with high potentials for the economic development of the country. The increasing attention towards the development of agriculture sector to achieve improved economic growth has grown in empirical literature whereas there is little attention on its effects on economic development indices such as human life longevity. This study therefore investigates the impact of agriculture output on human life expectancy in Nigeria for the periods between 1981 and 2019. Using the autoregressive distributed lag estimator, the study established a long run relationship between agriculture output on human life expectancy in Nigeria. Further, the results showed that agricultural activity and its components have no significant impact on the expected years of living of a person after birth. Among the different lags of agriculture outputs, it is the third lag that positively and significantly influences life expectancy in the short run. On the policy front, the study suggests the need for government to give priority to the agricultural sub-sectors that are capable of supporting economic growth which would invariably improve the average number of years an individual live after birth.

Keywords: Agricultural activities, life expectancy, outputs, price stability, Nigeria

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Olakunle, O. O. (2021). The Impact of Agricultural Output on Human Life Expectancy in Nigeria. Asian Journal of Economics, Finance and Management, 3(1), 730–744. Retrieved from


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