The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
Laura Rosendahl Huber
University of Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB); Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)
Mirjam Van Praag
University of Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6512
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: skill formation, field experiment, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship
JEL Classification: L26, I21, J24, C93working papers series
Date posted: May 5, 2012
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