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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurship Competencies and Intentions

Hessel Oosterbeek, Mirjam Praag and Auke IJsselstein
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Auke IJsselstein: University of Amsterdam

No 08-038/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of a leading entrepreneurship education program on college students’ entrepreneurship competencies and intentions using an instrumental variables approach in a difference-in-differences framework. We exploit that the program was offered to students at one location of a school but not at another location of the same school. Location choice (and thereby treatment) is instrumented by the relative distance of locations to parents’ place of residence. The results show that the program does not have the intended effects: the effect on students’ self-assessed entrepreneurial skills is insignificant and the effect on the intention to become an entrepreneur is even significantly negative.

This discussion paper resulted in a publication in the European Economic Review , 2010, 54(3), 442-454.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship education; program evaluation; entrepreneur competencies; entrepreneur intentions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 C31 H43 H75 I20 J24 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-04-08
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