The Economic Contributional Entrepreneurship Education: An Evaluation with an Established Program

Posted: 4 Nov 2009

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Alberta Charney

University of Arizona - Department of Economics

Gary D. Libecap

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; University of Arizona - Karl Eller Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

The success of the University of Arizona’s BergerEntrepreneurship Program is evaluated by comparing 460 Berger graduates with2,024 non-entrepreneurship business graduates.Survey respondents wereasked to provide, among other things, their employment history, net worth, andinformation about their current positions.It is found that BergerEntrepreneurship graduates make more money, are more likely to launch newbusiness ventures, and are more likely to be self-employed thannon-entrepreneurship graduates.Berger alumni are also more likely to workfor fast-growing, high-tech companies than other alumni. Entrepreneurship contributes to risk-taking and the formation of newventures. For instance, entrepreneurship graduates are three times morelikely than other business graduates to start a new business. Moreover,entrepreneurship education contributes to the growth of firms, and has asignificant impact on the income of graduates. The findings also indicatethat entrepreneurship education promotes the transfer of technology from theuniversity to the private sector, promoting technology-based firms andproducts. Entrepreneurship education benefits both graduates and the companiesthey work for or head. (SAA)

Keywords: University of Arizona Berger Entrepreneurship Program, Income, Technology transfer, Colleges & universities, Startup rates, Entrepreneurship education, Career choices, Risk orientation, Self-employment, Firm performance

Suggested Citation

Charney, Alberta and Libecap, Gary D., The Economic Contributional Entrepreneurship Education: An Evaluation with an Established Program (2000). Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth in the American Economy., Vol. 12, p. 1-45 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1496721

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