The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

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Laura Rosendahl Huber

University of Amsterdam

Randolph Sloof

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB); Tinbergen Institute

Mirjam van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Copenhagen Business School; Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

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 entrepreneurship knowledge and a set of non-cognitive skills relevant for entrepreneurial activity. The results indicate that knowledge is 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 entrepreneurship education for adolescents, our result tentatively suggests that non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills are best developed at an early age.

Keywords: Skill formation, field experiment, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: L26, I21, J24, C93

Suggested Citation

Rosendahl Huber, Laura and Sloof, Randolph and van Praag, Mirjam, The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (November 2014). European Economic Review, Vol. 72, 2014, pp. 76-97. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2044735 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2044735

Laura Rosendahl Huber (Contact Author)

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