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The study used a Contingent Valuation modelling procedure involving over 3000 households to derive an effective demand function for electricity in Ghana. This was done through a national household survey. A mathematical programming analytical procedure was employed to fully account for Ghana's block pricing tariff system. The study found that Ghanaian households are willing to pay a monthly mean electricity tariff of 50.40 Ghana cedis (US$11.56), which is lower than the average monthly tariff of 73.67 Ghana cedis (US$16.90) paid by households. Thus, the average tariff paid by households monthly is 46% higher than the mean willingness to pay. The study also found that Ghana's highest impact determinants of electricity demand were affordability of tariffs, usage of electrical appliances, and availability of electricity, respectively. This study employs a mathematical programming procedure to determine Ghana's mean willingness to pay for electricity. This procedure is theoretically more robust than the often-used differential calculus approach since it incorporates the block pricing of electricity in Ghana, which the calculus approach ignores. Also, it uses the largest and most inclusive known sample, specifically designed to elicit households' willingness to pay for electricity in Ghana. The study is also unique in its findings.</p> Jonathan D. Quartey, Wisdom D. Ametorwotia, Prosper B. Laari Copyright (c) 2022 Jonathan D. Quartey, Wisdom D. Ametorwotia, Prosper B. Laari https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/192 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Trade Balance, Exchange Rate and Money Supply in Nigeria: Growth Implications and Lesson for African Countries https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/213 <p>The significance of trade in developing nations made this study examine the impact of trade balance, exchange rate, and money supply on economic growth with reference to Nigeria's economy and serve as a lesson for other African countries. The study relies on the Mundell-Fleming BOP model for its framework with the use of secondary time-series data extracted from the statistical bulletin of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1981 to 2020. The ARDL cointegration of the least square was adopted. The result showed a long-term relationship among trade balance, exchange rate, broad money supply, interest rate, inflation rate, and economic growth in Nigeria. Our study thus concludes that the oil trade balance is the fundamental driver of Nigeria's economic growth. Appropriately, we suggested that to ensure economic growth in Nigeria and other African countries. The government should strategise on policies to develop trade in the non-oil sector. Also, the monetary authorities should design frameworks towards making money supply growth enhancers and stabilising the exchange rate for domestic countries to gain more from trade by intensifying the flux of credit to the real and exporting sector towards setting the economies on the track of expansion.</p> Kunle Bankole Osinusi, Nurudeen Abiodun Lawal, Sodiq Olaide Bisiriyu Copyright (c) 2022 Kunle Bankole Osinusi, Nurudeen Abiodun Lawal, Sodiq Olaide Bisiriyu https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/213 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Crafting Innovativeness for Graduate Entrepreneurship Development in East Africa: Are Graduates Innovators or Imitators? https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/215 <p>Innovation is a central determinant that contributes to entrepreneurs' pursuits of opportunities. The vehicle carries the means to concur the market and successfully establish an enterprise. This study assessed graduates' innovativeness for entrepreneurship development by employing a cross-sectional research design. The study involved 124 respondents selected from a population of Master's students specialising in science subjects originating from East African countries. Objectives one and two were analysed descriptively via per cent and frequencies. In contrast, objective three was analysed through inferential statistics where one sample T-test was employed for assessing the difference between innovation developed and innovation advanced to markets. The findings indicate that the level of innovation is relatively low for all forms of innovation since all the ratings were below 40 per cent. Similarly, the innovation advanced to the markets was respectively low compared to the innovation developed. It is concluded that the level of innovation is limited among first-degree graduates specialising in science subjects in East African countries and the number of innovations advanced to the market for entrepreneurship development is relatively low compared to innovation developed. This calls for a review of the innovation process development in the higher learning education system. In addition, the recasting of enabling environment for innovation development is needed.</p> Paschal B. Nade Copyright (c) 2022 Paschal B. Nade https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/215 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000 The Contextual Dimensions of Informal Economy and Entrepreneurship https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/228 <p>This study investigates the global dynamics of the informal economy and the need for coexistence between it and the formal economy. Developing and developed countries are beset with various social and economic problems, such as unemployment, poverty levels, informal jobs, and global issues. Informal Entrepreneurship remains a focal means to reduce unemployment and create jobs in many economies. The informal economy and entrepreneurship dynamics were investigated using institutional theory and by drawing on a qualitative approach and secondary data from the International Labour Organization and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing datasets. The findings depict the need to ensure that the informal and the formal economy coexist well rather than merge due to their interwoven nature. This calls for adopting a system and holistic perspective for studying facets of informal-formal entrepreneurship in different contexts. Informal economy and informal entrepreneurship are essential for reducing global unemployment and developing innovation in the value chain in their contexts. Globally, the informal economy and informal entrepreneurship provide safety nets, a source of livelihood, and pay informal levies that contribute to economic growth and development. The study shows how informal entrepreneurship contributes to the business environment. The contextual evidence from the literature justifies the necessity for informal entrepreneurship and the economy due to the interplay of poor market conditions, institutional voids, entrepreneurial behavior, and local business dynamics.</p> Adeleke. O. Banwo, Bola Momoh Copyright (c) 2022 Adeleke. O. Banwo, Bola Momoh https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/228 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Determinants of Susceptibility to Sunk-Cost Fallacy: A Nigerian Case Study https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/231 <p>A general economic principle is that when evaluating the costs of a decision, sunk costs should not be considered, and the decision-maker should consider only those costs incurred as a result of making that decision. However, anecdotal and empirical evidence has shown that people are influenced by sunk costs when making decisions, thereby committing the sunk-cost fallacy. A corpus of research has established that this fallacy occurs among nations and cultures to differing extents or degrees. None of the earlier studies, however, focused on Nigerians. This study, therefore, investigates whether Nigerians, too, commit this fallacy and then identifies factors that affect Nigerians' susceptibility to the fallacy. Employing a binary logit model showed that about 49 per cent of the respondents to questions based on a decision-making vignette committed the sunk-cost fallacy. The results also showed that locus of cost responsibility (whether the decision maker or another person bore the cost on behalf of the decision maker) and ethnicity (whether the decision maker is Yoruba or not) were significant determinants of susceptibility to sunk-cost fallacy. This suggests that in Nigeria, the sunk-cost fallacy is intrapersonal and more prevalent among Yorubas than among Hausas or Igbos. Therefore, the sunk-cost fallacy is ubiquitous and more likely in personal decisions than decisions made on behalf of others.</p> Musa Ilias Biala Copyright (c) 2022 Musa Ilias Biala https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://mer-j.com/merj/index.php/merj/article/view/231 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000