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Are self-employment training programs effective? Evidence from Project GATE

  • Michaelides, Marios
  • Benus, Jacob

We examine the efficacy of providing self-employment training to unemployed and other individuals interested in self-employment using data from Project GATE. This experimental design program offered self-employment training services to a random sample of individuals who expressed a strong interest in self-employment. We find that Project GATE was effective in helping unemployed participants to start their own business, leading to significant impacts in self-employment and overall employment soon after program entry. The program also helped unemployed participants remain self-employed and avoid unemployment even five years after program entry. However, the program was not effective in improving the labor market outcomes of participants who were not unemployed.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 695-705

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