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The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurship competencies and intentions: An evaluation of the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program

  • Hessel Oosterbeek
  • Mirjam van Praag

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    (Max Planck Institute for Economics, Jena)

  • Auke IJsselstein

Both the European Community, its member countries and the United States have stimulated schools to implement entrepreneurship programs into schooling curricula on a large scale, based on the idea that entrepreneurial competencies and mindsets must be developed at school. The leading and acclaimed worldwide program is the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program. Nevertheless, so far, its effects on students? entrepreneurship competencies and attitudes have not been evaluated. This paper analyzes the impact of the program in a Dutch college using an instrumental variables approach in a difference-in-differences framework. The results show that the program does not have the intended effects: students? self-assessed entrepreneurial skills remain unaffected and students? intentions to become an entrepreneur even decrease significantly.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-027.

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Date of creation: 26 Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-027
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