Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109692
Authors: 
Fischer, Greg
Karlan, Dean S.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Center Discussion Paper, Economic Growth Center 1045
Abstract: 
We document the presence of multiple and varied constraints to small and medium firm growth. This presents both a practical problem for business training programs and a challenge to academic economists trying to identify mechanisms though which these programs may affect outcomes. External validity needs theory. This pushes researchers to narrowly defined and highly selected sample frames, which limits the potential for clear, generalizable policy prescriptions. Ultimately, larger samples, multi-arm evaluations, process documentation, and narrowly-focused, theory-supported empirical work are all needed, but the complexity of the problem limits what we learn from any single study.
Subjects: 
validity
entrepreneurship
entrepreneurship training
JEL: 
B4
L2
M1
M2
M3
O1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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