39 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2012 Last revised: 29 Mar 2012
Date Written: January 25, 2012
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.
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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2008446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2008446