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Behind the GATE Experiment: Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training


Dean S. Karlan


Yale University; Innovations for Poverty Action; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert W. Fairlie


University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Jonathan Zinman


Dartmouth College; Innovations for Poverty Action; Jameel Poverty Action Lab; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

January 25, 2012

Yale Economics Department Working Paper No. 95

Abstract:     
We use randomized program offers and multiple follow-up survey waves to examine the effects of entrepreneurship training on a broad set of outcomes. Training increases short-run business ownership and employment, but there is no evidence of broader or longer-run effects. We also test whether training mitigates market frictions by estimating heterogeneous treatment effects. Training does not have strong effects (in either relative or absolute terms) on those most likely to face credit or human capital constraints, or labor market discrimination. Training does have a relatively strong short-run effect on business ownership for those unemployed at baseline, but not at other horizons or for other outcomes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Program evaluation, Unemployment insurance, Small and medium enterprise, Job training, Entrepreneurship training, Labor supply

JEL Classification: D04, D14, D22, H32, H43, I38, J21, J24

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Date posted: February 21, 2012 ; Last revised: March 29, 2012

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Karlan, Dean S. and Fairlie, Robert W. and Zinman, Jonathan, Behind the GATE Experiment: Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training (January 25, 2012). Yale Economics Department Working Paper No. 95. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2008446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2008446

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Dean S. Karlan (Contact Author)
Yale University ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, CT 06520-8269
United States
Innovations for Poverty Action ( email )
New Haven, CT
United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab ( email )
E60-246
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Robert W. Fairlie
University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics ( email )
Department of Economics
Engineering 2 Bldg.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States
831-459-3332 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://econ.ucsc.edu/~fairlie/
Jonathan Zinman
Dartmouth College ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
603-646-0075 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~jzinman/
Innovations for Poverty Action
New Haven, CT
United States
Jameel Poverty Action Lab
E60-246
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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