The Impact of Exchange Rate on Foreign Private Investment in Nigeria
The study examined the impact of exchange rate on foreign private investment using quarterly time series date from Nigeria for the period 2007 to 2017. Foreign private investment in the study was disaggregated into foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investment in order to ascertain their separate reactions to changes in the exchange rate of the naira against the US dollars. The empirical analysis was based on the VAR estimation procedure using three lagged periods adopted on the basis of various lag order selection criteria. The empirical result revealed that devaluation/depreciation of the naira adversely affects foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investment in Nigeria. Increased in the size of the domestic market and development of the financial sector were found to stimulate foreign private investment while high inflation rate in the domestic economy discourages foreign private investment in Nigeria. The study, therefore, recommended among others that the Central Bank of Nigeria should continue to initiate more proactive policy intervention policies to stabilize the exchange rate of the naira in order to stimulate more foreign private investment in Nigeria.
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