The impact of psychology-focused and standard business training for women microentrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Last registered on November 08, 2017

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
The impact of psychology-focused and standard business training for women microentrepreneurs in Ethiopia
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002572
Initial registration date
November 07, 2017

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
November 08, 2017, 12:21 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
World Bank

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany
PI Affiliation
NUS Business School Singapore
PI Affiliation
World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab
PI Affiliation
World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab
PI Affiliation
World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2015-11-01
End date
2019-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study offers a rigorous evaluation of two types of training programs offered to women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia who are part of the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP). The impact evaluation will examine the effectiveness of a psychology-focused training (Personal Initiative (PI)) as well as a more standard business training (Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Development (BSED)), to provide evidence on the impact of varied approaches to entrepreneurship training.
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Registration Citation

Citation
, et al. 2017. "The impact of psychology-focused and standard business training for women microentrepreneurs in Ethiopia." AEA RCT Registry. November 08. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2572
Former Citation
, et al. 2017. "The impact of psychology-focused and standard business training for women microentrepreneurs in Ethiopia." AEA RCT Registry. November 08. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2572/history/23012
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The impact evaluation will examine the effectiveness of a psychology-focused training as well as a more standard business training, to provide evidence on the impact of varied approaches to entrepreneurship training. We will compare an innovative action-based entrepreneurship skills training course, called “Personal Initiative (PI) Training” with a more traditional business training, called “Basic Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Development (BSED) Training”.

The PI training course focuses on helping entrepreneurs develop their personal initiative, on getting entrepreneurs to think about longer-term horizons, and on helping entrepreneurs to overcome barriers and deal with failure. Developed by Matthias Glaub and Michael Frese, the action-oriented approach to entrepreneurship training relies on heavily psychological approaches, and ultimately aims to encourage entrepreneurs to show proactive behavior. It starts with the development of an active mindset through action principles which is then refined and routinized with active practice during the training. The personal initiative training will focus, not purely on textbooks and classroom-based learning, but on developing entrepreneurial qualities and behaviors, as well as the ability to identify and exploit profitable business opportunities. The intervention was done through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges and will be compared to the standard vocational training offered by the WEDP program that focuses on teaching traditional managerial skills.

The BSED training focuses on business management skills but also teaches some psychological competencies. The content of the BSED training includes, competency, knowledge, skill and behavioral change that incorporate fourteen modules. For each training round, the trainers choose the most relevant modules based on the training needs of the training participants. Some of the key modules include: financial literacy, business and marketing, tax rules and regulation, enterprise management, book keeping, business plan, financial transaction, gender and gender related challenges.
Intervention Start Date
2015-11-16
Intervention End Date
2016-04-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Impacts on business performance, employment, individual well-being, household well-being, knowledge, empowerment and life satisfaction for the trainees will be measured.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
For this training experiment, the impact evaluation team drew upon the Women Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP) registration database of clients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and randomly assigned 2000 women entrepreneurs to the different treatment arms. The research team randomly assigned WEDP clients into a treatment group who will be offered the PI training (750), a treatment group who will receive BSED training (750) and a control group (500) who will not be offered training for at least one year.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in Stata on a computer
Randomization Unit
Firm level randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2,000 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
2,000 firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
750 firms offered PI training; 750 firms offered BSED training and 500 firms in a control group who will not be offered training for at least one year.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Analysis Plan

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The impact of psychology-focused and standard business training for women microentrepreneurs in Ethiopia

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Uploaded At: November 07, 2017

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Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
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