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The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

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  • Laura Rosendahl Huber

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Randolph Sloof

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Mirjam van Praag

    (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

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The aim of this study is to analyze the effectiveness of early entrepreneurship education. To this end, we conduct a randomized field experiment to evaluate a leading entrepreneurship education program that is taught worldwide in the final grade of primary school. We focus on pupils’ development of entrepreneurship knowledge and a set of non-cognitive skills relevant for entrepreneurial activity. The results indicate that knowledge is unaffected by the program. However, the program has a robust positive effect on non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills. This is surprising since previous evaluations found zero or negative effects. Because these earlier studies all pertain to entrepreneurship education for adolescents, our result tentatively suggests that non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills are best developed at an early age.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 12-041/3.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20120041

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Keywords: Skill formation; field experiment; entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurship;

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  1. Fairlie, Robert W & Karlan, Dean S. & Zinman, Jonathan, 2012. "Behind the GATE Experiment: Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8823, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Alexandria Valerio & Brent Parton & Alicia Robb, 2014. "Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs around the World : Dimensions for Success," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 18031, August.
  3. Oliver Falck & Anita Fichtl, 2013. "Die Herausbildung von Unternehmertum," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(06), pages 38-42, 03.

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