Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/196822
Authors: 
Ubfal, Diego
Arraiz, Irani
Beuermann, Diether
Frese, Michael
Maffioli, Alessandro
Verch, Daniel
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 12325
Abstract: 
A randomized control trial with 945 entrepreneurs in Jamaica shows positive shortterm impacts of soft-skills training on business outcomes. The effects are concentrated among men, and disappear twelve months after the training. We argue that the main channel is increased adoption of recommended business practices, exclusively observed in the short run. We see persistent effects on an incentivized behavioral measure of perseverance after setbacks, a focus of this training. We compare a course focused only on soft-skills to one that combines soft-skills training with traditional business training. The effects of the combined training are never statistically significant.
Subjects: 
business training
entrepreneurship
soft skills
JEL: 
J24
L25
M13
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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