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How effective are training and mentorship programs for entrepreneurs at promoting entrepreneurial activity? An impact evaluation

Authors
  • Pereyra, Martin1, 2
  • Aboal, Diego1, 2, 3
  • Rovira, Flavia1
  • 1 CINVE—Centro de Investigaciones Económicas, Montevideo, Uruguay , Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • 2 Universidad ORT Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay , Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • 3 Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay , Montevideo (Uruguay)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SN Business & Economics
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Jun 28, 2021
Volume
1
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s43546-021-00102-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Review
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Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the impact of a government-sponsored program aimed at promoting entrepreneurial activity in Uruguay. The C-Emprendedor program provides training and mentorship to potential entrepreneurs throughout the process of development of a business. We contribute to the empirical literature on the effects of different entrepreneurial programs, and provide information for policymakers, by conducting a rigorous evaluation of a program designed to foster entrepreneurial activity. Using regression discontinuity methods, we assess the impact of the program on actions taken to create a business, investment, business creation, and employment. We find significant, although non-robust, effects on employment and the probability to take actions aimed at creating a business. No effects were found on investment and the rate of business creation. Our research provides important insights for the better design of public policies aimed at developing entrepreneurship skills.

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