DP8823 Behind the GATE Experiment: Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training
|Author(s):||Robert W Fairlie, Dean S. Karlan, Jonathan Zinman|
|Publication Date:||February 2012|
|Keyword(s):||climate coalitions, climate policy, free riding, game theory|
|JEL(s):||C68, C72, D58, Q54|
|Programme Areas:||Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=8823|
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.