Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25703
Authors: 
Oosterbeek, Hessel
van Praag, C. Mirjam
IJsselstein, Auke
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2008,027
Abstract: 
Both the European Community, its member countries and the United States have stimulated schools to implement entrepreneurship programs into schooling curricula on a large scale, based on the idea that entrepreneurial competencies and mindsets must be developed at school. The leading and acclaimed worldwide program is the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program. Nevertheless, so far, its effects on students’ entrepreneurship competencies and attitudes have not been evaluated. This paper analyzes the impact of the program in a Dutch college using an instrumental variables approach in a difference-in-differences framework. The results show that the program does not have the intended effects: students’ self-assessed entrepreneurial skills remain unaffected and students’ intentions to become an entrepreneur even decrease significantly.
Subjects: 
Entrepreneurship education
program evaluation
entrepreneur competencies
entrepreneur intentions
JEL: 
A20
C31
H43
H75
I20
J24
L26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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