Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/99012
Authors: 
Brixiova, Zuzana
Ncube, Mthuli
Bicaba, Zorobabel
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8192
Abstract: 
The shortages of entrepreneurial skills have lowered search effectiveness of potential young entrepreneurs and the rate of youth start-ups. Our paper contributes to closing a gap in the entrepreneurship and development literature with a model of costly firm creation and skill differences between young and adult entrepreneurs. The model shows that for young entrepreneurs facing high costs of searching for business opportunities, support for training is more effective in stimulating productive start-ups than subsidies. The case for interventions targeted at youth rises in societies with high costs of youth unemployment. We test the role of skills and training for productive youth entrepreneurship on data from a recent survey of entrepreneurs in Swaziland.
Subjects: 
youth entrepreneurship
model of skills and structural transformation
policies
Africa
JEL: 
J11
J08
L26
O11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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