Entrepreneurship

Training Entrepreneurs

Aid agencies and governments spend more than a billion US$ on entrepreneurship training annually. What have we learned about the effectiveness of training? We review research on entrepreneurship training.

Synthesis Paper
26 Jan 2021

Rule of Law and Female Entrepreneurship

Commerce requires trust, but trust is difficult when one group consistently fears expropriation by another.

Working Paper
29 Sep 2020

To Formalize or Not to Formalize: Women Entrepreneurs’ Sensemaking of Business Registration in the Context of Nepal

Despite the depiction of decisions to formalize informal firms as rational and ethical, many entrepreneurs in developing countries continue to operate informally regardless of its perceived illicit status.

Journal Article
22 May 2020

Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Can large-scale peer interaction foster entrepreneurship and innovation? Vega-Redondo et al. (2019) conducted an RCT involving almost 5,000 entrepreneurs from 49 African countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2019

Developing a “Product-Market Experimentation & Fit” Measurement Tool and Testing its Effectiveness via an RCT with Lean Start-up Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda

This project aims to improve our understanding of ‘demand-side factors’ related to why some small firms succeed and scale-up, while others do not.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

Dispute resolution and microenterprise growth in a 'fragile' state: Evidence from Somalia

This project examines the formal and informal institutions for dispute resolution used by microenterprises in Somalia, how access to them affects business outcomes and whether the provision of female-only saving and loan groups can redress gender imbalances in access to dispute resolution.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

Negotiating Business and Family Demands within a Patriarchal Society - The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in the Nepalese Context

The aim of this paper, published in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, is to advance our understanding of how women negotiate their business and family demands in a developing country context.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2019

Growing markets through business training for female entrepreneurs: A market-level randomized experiment in Kenya

This study measures the impact of a business training program for women in Kenya, finding that training increases the profits, sales, mental health, and subjective well-being of women.

Research Note
31 Aug 2018

Socio-spatial Differences and Business Formalization – The Case of Nepalese Women Entrepreneurs

The aim of this paper is to explain women’s transitions to the formal economy by exploring the diverse socio-spatial contexts of their entrepreneurial activities.

Conference Paper
1 Aug 2018

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