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

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  • Rosendahl Huber, Laura

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    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Sloof, Randolph

    ()
    (University of Amsterdam)

  • van Praag, Mirjam C.

    ()
    (Copenhagen Business School)

Abstract

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 relevant skill sets for entrepreneurial activity, both cognitive and non-cognitive. The results indicate that cognitive entrepreneurial skills are 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 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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6512.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6512

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Keywords: entrepreneurship education; field experiment; skill formation; 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. 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.
  3. 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.

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