Can Interactive Online Training Make High School Students More Entrepreneurial? Experimental Evidence from Rwanda

44 Pages Posted: 20 May 2022

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Jeanne Lafortune

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Institute of Economics

Todd Pugatch

Oregon State University; IZA

José Tessada

Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica

Diego Ubfal

World Bank

Abstract

We study the short-run effects of a gamified online entrepreneurship training offered to high school students in Rwanda during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a randomized controlled trial, we estimate sizeable effects of the 6-week training on entrepreneurial activity. One month after the training, participants in schools offered the training were much more likely to own a business than participants in control schools. The training induced students to participate more actively in their school's business club, to undertake more business-oriented actions, to improve their business practices, and to interact more with other youth and family members about their business ideas. We hypothesize that the training might have motivated treated students to sustain their business activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Keywords: randomized control trials, online education, entrepreneurship education, COVID-19, Rwanda

JEL Classification: I21, I25, I26, J24, L26

Suggested Citation

Lafortune, Jeanne and Pugatch, Todd and Tessada, Jose and Ubfal, Diego, Can Interactive Online Training Make High School Students More Entrepreneurial? Experimental Evidence from Rwanda. IZA Discussion Paper No. 15064, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4114608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4114608

Jeanne Lafortune (Contact Author)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Institute of Economics ( email )

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Todd Pugatch

Oregon State University ( email )

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Jose Tessada

Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica ( email )

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Diego Ubfal

World Bank ( email )

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