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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurship Competencies and Intentions

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  • Hessel Oosterbeek

    ()
    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Mirjam van Praag

    ()
    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Auke IJsselstein

    (University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of a leading entrepreneurship education program on college students’ entrepreneurship competencies and intentions using an instrumental variables approach in a difference-in-differences framework. We exploit that the program was offered to students at one location of a school but not at another location of the same school. Location choice (and thereby treatment) is instrumented by the relative distance of locations to parents’ place of residence. The results show that the program does not have the intended effects: the effect on students’ self-assessed entrepreneurial skills is insignificant and the effect on the intention to become an entrepreneur is even significantly negative. This discussion paper resulted in a publication in the European Economic Review .

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 08-038/3.

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Date of creation: 08 Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20080038

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship education; program evaluation; entrepreneur competencies; entrepreneur intentions;

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  1. van der Sluis, Justin & van Praag, Mirjam & van Witteloostuijn, Arjen, 2007. "Why Are the Returns to Education Higher for Entrepreneurs than for Employees?," IZA Discussion Papers 3058, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Martin Valdivia & Dean Karlan, 2006. "Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions," Working Papers 941, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
  3. Leuven, Edwin & Lindahl, Mikael & Oosterbeek, Hessel & Webbink, Dinand, 2004. "The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement," Working Paper Series 2/2004, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
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  1. van Praag, Mirjam & van Witteloostuijn, Arjen & van der Sluis, Justin, 2009. "Returns for Entrepreneurs vs. Employees: The Effect of Education and Personal Control on the Relative Performance of Entrepreneurs vs. Wage Employees," IZA Discussion Papers 4628, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Dirk Dohse & Sascha G. Walter, 2010. "The role of entrepreneurship education and regional context in forming entrepreneurial intentions," Working Papers 2010/18, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).

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