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Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-Up, Growth, and Dynamics: Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka


Suresh De Mel


University of Peradeniya

David McKenzie


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Christopher Woodruff


University of Warwick

July 1, 2012

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6145

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The authors conduct a randomized experiment among women in urban Sri Lanka to measure the impact of the most commonly used business training course in developing countries, the Start-and-Improve Your Business program. They work with two representative groups of women: a random sample of women operating subsistence enterprises and a random sample of women who are out of the labor force but interested in starting a business. They track the impacts of two treatments -- training only and training plus a cash grant -- over two years with four follow-up surveys and find that the short and medium-term impacts differ. For women already in business, training alone leads to some changes in business practices but has no impact on business profits, sales or capital stock. In contrast, the combination of training and a grant leads to large and significant improvements in business profitability in the first eight months, but this impact dissipates in the second year. For women interested in starting enterprises, business training speeds up entry but leads to no increase in net business ownership by the final survey round. Both profitability and business practices of the new entrants are increased by training, suggesting training may be more effective for new owners than for existing businesses. The study also finds that the two treatments have selection effects, leading to entrants being less analytically skilled and poorer.

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Keywords: Primary Education, Competitiveness and Competition Policy, Business in Development, Business Environment, Access & Equity in Basic Education

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de Mel, Suresh and McKenzie, David and Woodruff, Christopher, Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-Up, Growth, and Dynamics: Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka (July 1, 2012). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6145. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2116143

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Suresh De Mel (Contact Author)
University of Peradeniya ( email )
University of Peradeniya
Dept of Economics & Statistics
Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
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David John McKenzie
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
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Washington, DC 20433
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Christopher Woodruff
University of Warwick ( email )
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Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom
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