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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurship Competencies and Intentions: An Evaluation of the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program

  • Oosterbeek, Hessel

    ()

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • van Praag, Mirjam C.

    ()

    (Copenhagen Business School)

  • IJsselstein, Auke

    ()

    (University of Amsterdam)

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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3641.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Publication status: published as "The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurship skills and motivation" in: European Economic Review, 2010, 54 (3), 442-454
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3641
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  1. Dean Karlan & Martin Valdivia, 2011. "Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 93(2), pages 510-527, May.
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  3. Edwin Leuven & Mikael Lindahl & Hessel Oosterbeek & Dinand Webbink, 2007. "The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 89(4), pages 721-736, November.
  4. van der Sluis, Justin & van Praag, Mirjam C. & 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).
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